If you’re among those who haven’t registered their vehicles yet for the Abu Dhabi toll system, here’s something to cheer you up.
The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) announced that it’s giving unregistered vehicles a three-month grace period.
This means that vehicles not yet registered online for the Abu Dhabi toll system can pass through the gates without incurring penalties.
However, while no penalties will be levied, motorists will still be automatically charged as per the set rates and would reflect once the registration goes through.
The toll gates are located at the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, Al Maqta Bridge and Musaffah Bridge.
Motorists will be charged AED 4 from Saturday to Thursday between 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm.
The toll system was originally intended to run in October 2019 but was pushed back to 2nd January 2020 to give motorists enough time to register their vehicles online.
The additional three-month grace period will further allow vehicle owners to comply without fear of racking up fines.
Authorities therefore reminded motorists to take advantage of the extended registration period.
To register click HERE.
Interesting facts about the Sheikh Zayed Bridge.
- The bridge is named after the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
- Renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid from London designed the bridge. It was one of Zaha’s – widely known as first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 – most ambitious designs. The prestigious architect passed away on 31st March 2016 at the age of 65.
- The bridge’s construction started in 2003 and officially opened in 25th November 2010.
- The 842-metre project carried a budget cost of AED 1 billion.
- Sheikh Zayed Bridge is known for its futuristic design. It features steel-made wave-like design inspired by the rolling dunes of the desert.
- Almost 500 tonnes of concrete, 5,000 tonnes of pre-stressed steel and 2,000 tonnes of foundation steel were used in constructing the bridge.
- Another striking feature is its spectacular lighting designed by Dutchman Rogier Van Der Heide. The bridge is fitted with more than 200 automated lights programmed to deliver thirteen artistic scenarios stretching along the length of the bridge.
- The bridge has an engineered lifespan of 120 years and an estimated 1,600 cars go through it every hour.