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Saturday, June 23, 2007

ImbeSalik - I Dare You To Give a Better Option

The once challenging and brave Emirats Toady would have derided the new road toll scheme with the venom it deserves. But since its new management team took over about a year ago, it is desperate to put a positive gloss on the entire fiasco. That is a really hard thing to do, and Assistant Editor Hakam Kherallah shoots himself in the foot trying to do it. He says, basically, all you whingers out there, suggest a better alternative. If this guy was genuous, he would know that every single critic of imbeSalik has already done so. The alternative is: wait until the Metro is up and running, and the RTA have figured out how to run a useable bus service. That's all. Once these things are in place I doubt you would hear much protest against the toll scheme. But to introduce imbeSalik at a time when the viable transport alternatives are ABSOLUTELY ZERO just tells me that the RTA either has no clue about what it is doing, or it does have a clue and does not care one iota about the expense, pain, frustration and chaos that this scheme is going to cause. I suspect the latter is true.

If the aim of this insane project is simply to raise money for the RTA then I don't think most people would object to a serious rise in vehicle registration costs. But they insist on presenting this as a way of reducing congestion. I'm sorry. The way this scheme is designed will only shift congestion onto other roads that are completely unable to cope with it. RTA chief Mattar Al Tayer insults his customers by saying we are not traffic experts. I happen to know several critics of the scheme who are traffic experts, and I think the rest of us have a pretty good idea of how things work simply because we use the roads every day.

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7 Comments:

Blogger BuJ said...

I agree with you.. especially about the smelly dog business.. but maybe it's time for a holiday.. just maybe..

seems everyone is writing about salik.. maybe tis time for me to join in with the crowds!!

but i ain't no expert.. hmmm

btw, marcel khalife's coming to liverpool.. i wanna go!

3:59 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

Everyone from the head of Dubai Traffic Police has slammed it as a ridiculous move. You'd think he might just have some knowledge of traffic issues...

12:26 pm  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Cassandra Says: within a year, they will have put a Salik gate on every exit on SZR (THAT's the only way to deal with the traffic on ONE DXB road)and will have Salik'd Ittihad Road to Sharjah (I imagine Emirates Road is a national road so they probably can't) to try to keep people from living in Sharjah and working in Dubai. Then they will also slap us all with an oh, say, 1000 dhs registration fee on all motor vehicles (this to raise the money which won't get raised because everyone's avoiding Salik))

Mark my words. It will come to pass.

12:00 pm  
Blogger inmotion said...

I have it on good authority

that salik isn't going anywhere

by end of year itll be on emirates road as well ..

by end of next year .. every entry point to dubai will have been covered..

as for metro .. haha .. joke

its a light rail system

can carry between 15k to 20,000 people per train every hour

only ..

and if ur slightly taller than the japs that built the damn thing .. enjoy bending over trying to get in time before those doors snap your head off ..

oh and if the metro was so good

why did they decide to build a second line parallel to the first line that they are building now ..

because they realized it can't cope ..

and lets talk about the stations that they have no clue where they going to build ..

and the fact there is no room for the commutter to park their car

and oh here's one for the books ..

there is a plan to not allow anyone that makes less than 15 k a month to own a car ..

should be fun

this is only half of it ..

and yes they're only interested in making money ..

12:01 am  
Blogger GEOF said...

Why does RTA "persuade" all the residents to buy a SALIK" card? If congestion reduction was their main objective (and not money making) it will automatically be reduced if the least number of people buy the stupid thing, thereby lesser vehicles on that road. And Mr. Mattar Al Tayer don't insult us further by saying ouy will be the first one to pay the toll. Sell or abandon your vehicle and use your own RTA public buses. That way there are 2 benefits for Dubai. One lesses 4wd/mercedes/BMW (or any other car he owns) on the road and he can get a taste of his own servoce and see whn he reaches office and back home and see for himself. But we know his only aim is money mincing. Sure no one is exempt from tolls not even you. But I am sure the RTA reimburses that money to you in your payroll. Dont think everyone is that stupid like you

1:00 pm  
Blogger GEOF said...

Why does RTA "persuade" all the residents to buy a SALIK" card? If congestion reduction was their main objective (and not money making) it will automatically be reduced if the least number of people buy the stupid thing, thereby lesser vehicles on that road. And Mr. Mattar Al Tayer don't insult us further by saying yOU will be the first one to pay the toll. Sell or abandon your vehicle and use your own RTA public buses. That way there are 2 benefits for Dubai. One lesses 4wd/mercedes/BMW (or any other car he owns) on the road and he can get a taste of his own servIce and see whn he reaches office and back home and see for himself. But we know his only aim is money mincing. Sure no one is exempt from tolls not even you. But I am sure the RTA reimburses that money to you in your payroll. Dont think everyone is that stupid like you

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