Smart wheels are banned in Dubai malls

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on October 20, 2015 | Last updated on October 20, 2015 at 07.01 am
Smart wheels are banned in Dubai malls
Concern over the smart wheels after an accident in Abu Dhabi leads to the ban.

(File photo)

DED asks all mall management to disallow smart balance wheels inside malls.

Last week, a six-year-old Emirati boy reportedly died in an accident in Abu Dhabi. He was not on a cycle, but a 'smart balance wheel' when he was run over by a car. Since then concerns over safety have caused a ban on smart balance wheels in malls.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai has asked all mall management to disallow such scooters (hoverboards) inside malls. Consumers and shopkeepers have complained, and said they're concerned about accidents and damage.

The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) section in DED directed malls not to allow the use of balance wheels - a handle-less variant - as part of its efforts to ensure a safe and healthy shopping environment in Dubai and protect the right of shopkeepers to conduct business without fear of loss or danger.

Users on Twitter such as Shiala (@TypicallyOdd) have been saying things like: "Moving to Dubai so I can ride that segway in peace."

Abdul Aziz Al Tannak, Director of Commercial Control in DED, said: "We will put up signs banning the use of such scooters across malls in co-ordination with the malls management. Mall visitors are requested to cooperate and adhere to the ban in order to prevent inconvenience and damages to both traders as well as other visitors. We also call on parents to prevent their children from using these devices in malls to avoid accidents and any legal liability that may follow."

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