After days of social media speculations, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT), today (July 25), officially announced plans to introduce an electronic toll collection system similar to Dubai’s Salik. This will see all motorists entering and going out of Abu Dhabi through certain bridges, pay a certain fee.
Already installed on four bridges, the e-toll system will be activated from October 15, 2019, on Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge, Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge.
According to the DoT and the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), the electronic toll system is aimed at easing congestion for commuters and encouraging the use of sustainable options like the public transport, ride sharing and electric cars, which are exempt from the toll charges over a period of two years from the launch date.
Abu Dhabi Toll Charges
The toll fee will be AED4 per trip during peak hours from Saturday to Thursday, and AED2 during off-peak hours, and on Fridays and public holidays. The peak hours are from 7am to 9am, and 5pm to 7pm. The daily maximum fee per vehicle is AED16.
How to Register for Abu Dhabi Toll
Unlike the Dubai Salik system, in Abu Dhabi, vehicles passing through the toll gates will be identified by their plate number without having to stick a tag on their windshield.
All road users have to open a special toll account where they will be able to manage their own vehicles and process payments due, through the official Abu Dhabi toll online system which will be fully operational by August 30, 2019.
All Abu Dhabi registered vehicles will have automatically registered accounts at no charge, on the official system. Account holders will automatically receive an SMS message stating the username and password for that account, and can then add additional vehicles to the registered account as required.
For vehicles registered outside Abu Dhabi, the owner must be registered in the system before crossing the toll gates. However, if an unregistered vehicle passes through the toll gate, the owner will be given a grace period of ten business days, starting from the crossing time, to register in the system, otherwise a fine applies.
Abu Dhabi Toll Fines
Unregistered vehicles passing through the toll gate will be given a ten working day grace period, after which they’ll be fined AED100 for the first day, AED200 for the second day, AED400 for the third day and so on, up to a maximum of AED10,000.
Passing through the toll gates without sufficient balance in the user’s account for vehicles registered outside Abu Dhabi, will result in a fine of AED50 incurred each day, after the grace period deadline.
If a user tampers with the vehicle’s license plate for the explicit purpose of evading the payment of fees, the fine is AED10,000. Also, causing damage to any e-payment machines or toll gates, will result in a fine of AED10,000.