By Staff http://khaleejtimes.com/
The Automated Fare Collection Systems Department of RTA’s Corporate Technical Support Services Sector announced a 50 per cent discount on the fees of issuing NOL cards.
The move intends to bring more happiness to the public and attract additional numbers of users to public transport means such as the metro, public buses, tram and marine transit modes. The discount period starts from 26 July and runs up to 24 September 2015.
“This discount would cover all types of Personalized NOL Blue Cards, which is now issued at a rate of Dh35 (instead of Dh70), and the Personalized NOL Gold Card, which is now issued at a cost of Dh45 (instead of Dh80). It would also include Standard NOL Card with Special Designs, which is issued for Dh65 (instead of Dh100), and NOL Gold Card with Special Designs at a cost of Dh65 (instead of Dh110),” said Khalid Al Awadi, Director of Automated Fare Collection, RTA.
“Sales of Personalized NOL cards during the first half of this year have leapfrogged to as much as 160 per cent compared to the same period last year, whereas the sales of NOL cards seasonal permits have rocketed to 94 per cent when compared to their figures reported during the same period last year.”
“The trend also reveals the soaring demand for using public transport services, and RTA’s paid parking services.”
It is noteworthy that RTA has issued on November 11 last year (in concurrence with the start of the Dubai Tram operation) new packages of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual NOL card subscriptions offering riders of the metro, tram and public buses discounts on fares up to 47 per cent. It has also broadened the base of beneficiaries of the 50 per cent fare discount to include (beside students), social benefit recipients and seniors (aged more than 60) among residents as this segment was previously restricted to the UAE citizens.