Photos: E-scooters allowed in just 5 Dubai areas

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Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times

Dubai. - The areas were selected according to specific criteria such as population density and availability of public transport services

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Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 7:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 26 Oct 2020, 7:48 PM

As the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai launched the trial phase of e-scooters in five areas on Monday, a top official has said that the two-wheelers are not allowed outside the designated areas. Police officers are authorised to stop riders outside the five designated areas; or those who ride the e-scooters above the 20kmph speed limit.

Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times

The pay-as-you-use e-scooters are being trialled in five zones: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Internet City, 2nd of December St, Al Rigga and Jumeirah Lake Towers. The areas were selected according to specific criteria such as population density, private developments, availability of public transport services, integrated infrastructure, and high traffic safety records.

The two-wheelers were banned in the country till late 2019 over reckless riding concerns.

Five operators are involved in the trial run, three international companies — Careem, Lime, and Tier — and two local ones, Arnab and Skurrt.

Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times

Hussain Al Banna, executive director of traffic at the RTA, told Khaleej Times on Monday that the e-scooters being trialled here have been equipped with ‘geofencing’ technology. “When these scooters are taken outside the designated areas, they will slow down and eventually come to a halt. They are also equipped with in-built speakers that will warn users (against misuse).”

Road signages have been put in place to ensure that the scooters are used only on bicycle tracks. “Immediate action will be taken against reckless riders,” he warned.

Depending on the success of the year-long trials, the RTA would introduce more areas where the scooters can be used. “All of these regulations have been put into place keeping the safety of the residents in mind ... That is why we have put in place a conservative approach which is line with international practices,” said Al Banna.

It is mandatory for riders to wear helmets and masks. Some riders were also seen wearing bright green safety vests.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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