Dubai Consumer Mirror

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dubai Motorists: brace yourselves!

Because Salik is back ....and this time, its back with Vengeance.

The Salik road toll system is to be expanded to all major roads and bridges in Dubai in a major push to get people to use public transport, Emirates Business 247 has learned.

OKAY.... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to say that this strategy is doomed to fail.

If ALL major roads have Salik, and majority of car owners still can not and will not use public transportation, one might as well use the road with shortest distance.

And that is, ladies and gentlemen, taking everyone back so square one.

Challenge me..

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  • I thought they denied this in September.

    Anyway, forcing us to use public transport won't solve the issue, since public transport does take into account Salik and charges the passengers some portion of it.

    Now I am imagining the roads being filled with buses and trucks.

    They better start installing toll gates out on the shores cuz warships are gonna be hitting town soon.

    Seriously anyone who lives in Dubai-Shj-Ajman should be labeled as a survivor in extreme conditions

    By Blogger KJ, at December 10, 2007 at 10:22 PM  

  • 72 new toll gates to be exact are to be set up ..

    residential areas are going to be sectioned off by Salik so that people are forced to stay within that area if they don't want to use Salik.

    Is there planning behind it? I am pretty sure the only planning going on is the promise Matar Al Tayer made to the Sheikh that the RTA would raise all its funding and expenses by itself without having to take government funds.

    That's about it ..

    Oh did I mention that they are working on legalizing car pooling .. but whoever wants to car pool has to pay a fee to the RTA ...

    I can't forget the metro cars that were purchased with dimensions built for Japanese people and they still have not fixed that mistake.

    Anyone above 5'11 feet is going to have to stoop to get in and stand.

    The metro fee :) I'll just hold that one close to my heart for now.

    I've got lots more gems where these came from :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 11, 2007 at 8:19 AM  

  • LoooooooooL Anonymous hahaha

    Well basically their logic is as follows:

    They want to decrease traffic, so they:

    - add more Salik Gates
    - people won't afford to live here anymore, so people will start to move to other cities
    - only the rich people will be able to live here and do business
    - they can compensate the loss of income through the 10 gates
    - less people in town = less traffic
    - rents will go down since there will be now-evacuated homes
    - everyone is happy

    By Blogger KJ, at December 11, 2007 at 11:38 AM  

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