Photos: E-scooters allowed in just 5 Dubai areas

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai. Filed on October 26, 2020

Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times

Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times

Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times

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

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.

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.

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 Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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