Saudi eyes road tolls from 2020

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Saudi Ara­bia's min­is­ter of trans­port has con­firmed the king­dom is study­ing plans to im­ple­ment road tolls, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Nabil Al-Amoudi told Ara­bic pub­li­ca­tion

Makkah that six roads had been iden­ti­fied to start charg­ing fees from 2020.

The im­po­si­tion of tolls will be sub­mit­ted to the high com­mis­sioner for ap­proval af­ter the com­ple­tion of the cur­rent study, but the ex­act roads that could be af­fected and pric­ing struc­ture for the sys­tem were not dis­closed.

The tolls come un­der wider pri­vati­sa­tion plans for the trans­port sec­tor as the king­dom un­der­takes a num­ber of mega pro­jects to ex­pand its in­fra­struc­ture.

Al-Amoudi was speak­ing on the side­lines of an event where nine road pro­jects worth SAR1.5bn ($400m) were ap­proved in the East­ern Prov­ince.

Dubai is cur­rently the only GCC city to have road tolls in ef­fect un­der its Sa­lik sys­tem, which charges Dhs4 ($1) per gate crossed. The city uses the pro­ceeds to pay for trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and other pro­jects.

Abu Dhabi has also in­stalled toll gates but they are yet to be ac­ti­vated.

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