Electric scooters now permitted in 10 districts across Dubai, RTA and Dubai Police announce
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Electric scooters permitted in 10 districts across Dubai, RTA and Dubai Police announce

Electric scooters permitted in 10 districts across Dubai, RTA and Dubai Police announce

RTA called on cyclists to park the shared electric scooters in the designated parking spaces only

The operation of electric scooters on permitted cycling tracks in 10 districts across Dubai will begin on April 13, 2022, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the General HQ of Dubai Police have announced.

The step is taken in line with Resolution Number 13 for 2022, endorsed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, regulating the use of scooters in Dubai.

It supports the efforts to make Dubai a bicycle-friendly city and reflects the success of the trial operation of e-scooters that started in October 2020, official news agency WAM reported.

RTA called on cyclists to park the shared electric scooters in the designated parking spaces only. Parked scooters should not block the movement of traffic and pedestrians or the use of public parking.

It urged them to avoid violating the conditions and regulations provided for in the Resolution and decisions issued. The Resolution states that the parking of the bike or electric scooter in other than the designated parking spaces in a way that may obstruct the movement of vehicles or pedestrians, or pose risk to road users, will result in a fine of Dhs200.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general, chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, noted, “The initial phase covers Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Internet City, Al Rigga, 2nd of December Street, The Palm Jumeirah, and City Walk. It also covers safe roads and tracks within specific zones at Al Qusais, Al Mankhool, and Al Karama, in addition to the 167-km long tracks designated for bicycles and scooters across Dubai, excluding the cycling tracks at Saih Assalam, Al Qudra and Meydan.”

“The selection of these districts was guided by specific criteria, such as high population density, special development areas, areas served by public transport and metro stations, the availability of integrated infrastructure, and areas with a high level of traffic safety.

“About 500,000 journeys were made until the end of 2021. By the end of this month, RTA will launch through its website (www.rta.ae) a link enabling interested individuals to apply for free to obtain permits for riding e-scooters on safe roads identified by RTA. The process involves attending training courses and passing an online test,” explained Al Tayer.

Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, added: “The resolution will encourage the use of electric bikes and scooters for mobility. It cements the government drive to rank Dubai as a bicycle-friendly city, considering bikes safe and a eco-friendly mobility means over short distances.”

“Dubai Police is keen to ensure the compliance of road users with the applicable rules, in line with the policy aimed to make Dubai the ideal place for living and doing business, the favourite and safest destination of visitors, and the city with the least carbon footprint worldwide. It is our duty in Dubai Police to control the road, and ensure that cyclists, e-scooter riders and users of all other mobility means comply with the safety conditions to protect them, as well as others, against the risks of roads,” added Al Marri.

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