Saudi Arabia considers highway tax

Published September 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia is considering charging motorists for the use of the kingdoms major highways, a Saudi minister said last week. 


Saudi Transport Minister Nasser Saloum told reporters the toll would be accompanied by services for the motorists. He did not give details. 


The ministry recently contracted 60 Saudi contractors at a cost of $US373 million to maintain the kingdoms roads and the toll will help finance the charges, a transport official said. Saloum said Saudi Arabia has invested $US51 billion in highway construction. 


If the plan is approved, the highway connecting the central city of Al-Qassim to Medina and Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia would be the first to be taxed. 


Motorists who do not want to pay will have to travel on back roads. – (Albawaba-MEBG) 



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