Jeddah-Makkah highway is one of the busiest highways during the Hajj and Umrah seasons and due to that, the government decided to expand it. However, several rumors spread on social media regarding the imposing of toll tax. Are these rumors true? What clarification is given by the Ministry? For more information, read the article below.
Are the Toll Taxes Being Imposed?
The Saudi Ministry of Transport said that,
The toll cabins have not been built on the Jeddah-Makkah highway and no toll tax is being imposed. The rumors spread on social media regarding highway toll tax are baseless.
What Statement is given by the Ministry?
According to local newspaper, the Ministry of Transport tweeted that the check post on Jeddah-Makkah highway has been expanded so that people do not face unusual crowds at the check post during the Hajj and Umrah season.
What did the Ministry Say about the Rumours?
The Ministry added that,
Rumors are spreading on social media that the Shamsi check post is being expanded and special cabins are being built there to collect toll tax.
What Rumors were Spread about the Special Cabins at Shamsi Check Post?
There were unusual reports on social media that the Ministry of Transport had set up special cabins at Shamsi check post to enforce the toll tax system, which was also increased in number. He clarified these statements saying that, there is no truth in what is being said on social media. After the expansion of Shamsi check post, 18 checkpoints have been set up there instead of 5 so that people do not face any difficulty during the season.
Where is the Shamsi Check Post Located?
Remember that Shamsi check post is located at the entrance of Makkah Mukarramah which is on Jeddah highway. During the Ramadan and Hajj seasons, the traffic on this highway is overcrowded as millions of pilgrims pass through this check post. It used to take hours to cross this check post during the Hajj season.
The Saudi government is planning this to facilitate the citizens during Hajj and Umrah seasons. For more information, visit our website. Stay safe. Stay tuned.