Obviously based on a huge amount of entirely unhelpful speculation, here’s the FAQ that answers the questions that the official FAQ doesn’t answer!
What happens if I sell my car?
You have to peel the tag off your windscreen, which damages the tag, so you have to buy a new tag. It might leave some bits of plastic and gucky adhesive on the windscreen, but we can’t be sure yet because we haven’t left a tag stuck to a window in the 55C sun for three months yet. Let alone tried doing that for a couple of years. But we’re sure it’ll be OK. Anyway, why should you care? It’s not your car anymore, is it?
Yes, it’s a Dhs50 car sale tax. Well, Dhs 100 really, ‘cos the bloke that’s buying your car has to get a new tag, too.
Do Salik tags go brown and brittle after a couple of years in the sun like everything else around here (including the people)?
No. Yes. We’re not sure. But they’ll still work, so what’s your problem?
Will they? Really? Work?
Yyyyyes. Almost. But if they don’t we’ll sort that out.
We just will, alright?
What happens to any available balance on my Salik tag when I sell my car?
Good question. You should really get it refunded, shouldn’t you? The money would logically be held against your Salik account rather than the physical tag. You should call the Salik centre to ‘deactivate the tag’ before you sell your car, according to the official FAQ, but there’s nothing about transferring the balance or anything like that. Interesting one. We’re sure it’ll be sorted out for the best. Really. Trust us.
What happens if a chance stone hits my windscreen and the tag is damanged?
You’re being for real here? Right. You buy a new windscreen and a new tag. Da. Are you asking if that tag can be added to your account or if you just add a new tag to your account? Well, that depends. We’ll basically make up the rules for that one as it happens. OK?
What happens if I don’t have a tag at all?
You mean how are we going to catch you? Not sure. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Alexander’s money is on a photo-based system, which is going to leave someone combing through an awful lot of number plate photos.
If I drive through the Salik tollgate backwards, do I get a refund?
Nice idea, but I rather doubt it will work, don’t you?
More anon... >:)