UAE transport firms counting cost of heavy goods vehicle toll charges

Haulage companies say they are being forced to increase prices because of high road fees

Transport companies say road toll fees are affecting their business.
Transport companies say road toll fees are affecting their business.

Transport companies say road tolls imposed on heavy goods vehicles travelling across the Emirates are forcing them to hike their prices to customers.

Haulage firms told Al Roeya the costly road charges — which vary depending on the weight of the load carried by each vehicle — are putting extra pressure on businesses.

There are seven heavy goods vehicle toll gates in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Sharjah.

One manager, Diauddin Mohammed, whose company is based in Ras Al Khaimah, said a lorry with an 80-tonne capacity has to pay a Dh17 toll fee each time it travels through a gate, placing an extra strain on finances.

Haitham Al Zaghloul, chief executive of a building materials transport company, said that each lorry is required to pay a fee each time they pass through a tollgate, even if the lorry passes several gates in the same emirate.

“Toll gates located near quarries and at the entrance of each main road in the country have increased the cargo transportation fees by 90 per cent,” Mr Al Zaghloul said.

He said Al Zubair gate in Sharjah, towards the entrance of Emirates Road, charges Dh420 for lorries carrying 80 tonnes, and Dh220 for six-wheel lorries carrying 30 tons.

Al Roeya requested comment from authorities operating the toll gates, but had not received a response at the time of publication.

In 2010, the first truck tollgate was introduced in Al Dhaid area in Sharjah. Drivers of heavy lorries passing through the gate were charged Dh100.

Updated: September 23, 2019 04:58 PM

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