The Integrated Traffic Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi urge owners of private and establishment vehicles registered in the emirate who have yet to register in the 'DARB' toll system to create an account and activate it, as the system came into effect on 2 January 2021.
Vehicle owners can register through the 'DARB' Toll system's website https://darb.itc.gov.ae or the smart application, "DARB" (App Store | Google Play | AppGallery). The ITC reassures users of the ease and speed with which a vehicle owner can create an account, register their vehicles, and top-up their wallet.
So far over 200,000 accounts have been registered and activated in the 'DARB' Toll system by individuals and establishments. ITC revealed that the number of registered and activated vehicles on the 'DARB' toll gate system has so far reached around 185,000 users, with around 15,000 registered as companies or institutions under the same procedure.
ITC also noted that the vehicle registration fee for 'DARB' toll gate system is AED 100 per vehicle, of which AED 50 will be transferred to the user as a balance for their account.
Users will also be able to benefit from the high-quality digital infrastructure offered by 'DARB' system to facilitate the registration process for vehicle owners and enable them to effectively and efficiently manage their accounts and complete all their transactions with comfort and ease.
ITC confirmed the use of 4 toll gates on the bridges leading to Abu Dhabi city, namely Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge, Al Maqta Bridge and Mussafah Bridge. A fee of AED 4 will be charged each time a vehicle crosses any of the mentioned gates during peak hours from Saturday to Thursday (from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM). The maximum daily tolls for individual vehicles are set at AED 16 per vehicle.
ITC also pointed out that the system will not collect toll fees outside of peak hours, on Fridays, and official holidays. Regular toll fees will be deducted automatically from the user's prepaid account through an integrated and advanced electronic wallet. The vehicle registration number identifies the vehicle without the need to install a tag on the windshield.
The monthly toll limit for personal vehicles should not exceed AED 200 for the first registered vehicle, AED 150 for the second registered vehicle, and 100 for each additional vehicle. This classification is based on the individual's vehicle arrangement in the system.
If one of the individual vehicles is exempted, the monthly toll fee will be applied to the remaining vehicles. Establishment vehicles will also be subject to the approved toll fees, but will not have the daily or monthly fee cap.
ITC announced that it had approved over 8,000 requests for exemption from 'DARB' toll fees. The categories exempt from 'DARB' toll fees include senior citizens, retired citizens, low-income citizens, and People of Determination.
Individuals requesting exemption need to register in the 'DARB' toll gate system before submitting their application for exemption and must attach all supporting documents needed through the system's website or through the 'DARB' smartphone application. The exemption is limited to one vehicle only. Users can transfer the exemption from one vehicle to another, as per the owner's request, provided that the first vehicle exemption is cancelled.
Traffic violations include:
- An AED 100 non-registration violation fine for unregistered vehicles crossing a gate for the first time after the grace period (10 working days).
- The second violation is the non-registration violation for vehicles crossing a gate for the second time, amounting to a fine of AED 200 after the end of the grace period.
- A fine amounting to AED 400 will be added to the non-registered vehicle for every gate cross after the second violation.
- If a registered vehicle's balance is insufficient, a fine of AED 50 will be applied after a grace period of 5 working days if the vehicle's plates are not registered in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
- A violation amounting to AED 10,000 will be applied in the event of a tampered license plate attempting to evade paying the toll fees.
- Another AED 10,000 violation will be applied in the case of any damage to the electronic payment devices or the toll gates.
It is worth noting that 'DARB' toll gate system is part of an integrated transport system and is in line with the Surface Transport Master Plan for the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The system aims to increase the efficiency of the transport sector, reduce the use of personal vehicles, and encourage community members to use alternative means of transport. It also gives users the time and the ability to plan their trips and select the appropriate times to travel.