By: Najla Banimalek, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
On January 1st, motorists began getting charged when passing under Abu Dhabi’s new Dharb toll system. The 4 Dirham toll was immediately deducted from drivers’ accounts, as the traffic flow remained smooth.
The four new gates are located on” Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bridge, Al Maqtaa Bridge and Musaffah Bridge,” said the emirates public transport regulator.
The Integrated Transport Center (ITC) has urged motorists to register their accounts on the Darb app in order to pay the toll. The maximum daily toll for each vehicle is 16 dhs per day, and no tolls will be collected on Fridays or public holidays. The peak hours for these tolls are between 7 AM to 9 AM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.
The ITC has also launched Bus Service 104, which enables travelers to park their vehicles off Abu Dhabi Island, and to travel to downtown Abu Dhabi on designated public buses. This new “Park and Ride” system includes a 500 vehicle parking lot in Shahama center point, and another one in Mohammed Bin Zayed City.
With free tickets, users can travel to Abu Dhabi city, with this route operating from 6 AM to 9 PM between Saturday to Thursday. When using the Park and Ride system, people can avoid the Dharb tolls, as well as the parking fees in downtown Abu Dhabi. Every user can also acquire additional tickets for two passengers each.