Dubai: Residents can now apply e-scooter license for free; RTA releases safety manual

From technical specifications to areas where they are allowed to ride, here is everything you need to know about using them in the Emirate



By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 28 Apr 2022, 5:27 PM

Last updated: Fri 29 Apr 2022, 10:39 AM

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched an online platform which allows the public to obtain free e-scooter riding permits. The platform is now ready to operate and available to riders starting today (Thursday, April 28).

Riders can apply for the permit on this link: https://traffic.rta.ae/trfesrv/public_resources/services/issue-scooter-permit/index.do

The RTA also shared a detailed user manual on e-scooters which provides detailed guidelines on technical and safety specifications, areas they are allowed, and how to read traffic signs and road markings.

Here is everything riders need to know:

E-scooter specifications

Use e -scooters that comply with the specifications and standards approved by the RTA. They must have the following specifications:

— The electric scooter must be manufactured to withstand the climatic conditions of the country

— The electric scooter must conform to the specifications specified by the authority

— Check that the bell/horn is working

— Front and back lamp

— The maximum speed of the electric scooter is to be set at 20 km/h

— Tires need to be in good condition

— Brakes on the front and rear wheels are needed

E-scooter user rules

  • You must be 16 years or older
  • Wear a helmet, reflective jacket, and appropriate shoes
  • Do not use mobile or headphones
  • Abide by all instructions, guiding and warning signs
  • Comply with all traffic rules e.g., stop, give way signs, traffic light signals, and road markings
  • Park at the designated places
  • Dismount when using pedestrian crossings
  • Do not take passengers, you must ride alone
  • You must not carry anything that may cause an imbalance in the proper handling of the device

Areas where e-scooters are allowed

— Do not ride on paths other than those in the permitted districts and areas

— You can only ride electric scooters on bicycle paths specified by the Authority

— It is not permitted to ride the e-scooter on any roads at all, except on safe streets specified by the RTA. These are roads which are marked by clear red lines at the beginning of the road, signs and ground markings, and a road speed limit of 30 km/h

Permitted areas and routes to use an electric scooter

The actual operation of e-scooter started on April 13, 2022,in ten districts in Dubai and was restricted to the designated cycling lanes in:

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
  • Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  • Dubai Internet City
  • Al Rigga
  • December 2 Street
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • City Walk
  • Safe roads at Al Qusais
  • Al Mankhool
  • Al Karama

It was also permitted at all cycling and scooter lanes across Dubai, except for the cycling tracks at Saih Assalam, Al Qudra and Meydan.

Traffic signs and road markings

— Before setting off, check your bike

— Ensure that you have sufficient battery power for the journey

— Check that the front and rear lights are working

— Check that the bell/horn is working

— Check that the wheels are not damaged and that they are in good working condition

— Apply the front and rear brake levers to check their effectiveness

— Adjust the height of the handlebar to a suitable position so that you have full control of the device

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Traffic instructions and prohibitions

— It is forbidden to ride against the direction of traffic

— Don’t carry anything that causes the scooter to become unbalanced

— Don’t carry any passenger on the electric scooter

— Electric scooters must be disembarked while crossing pedestrian crossings

— The scooter may not be parked in places other than those designated for it, or in a way that would impede the movement of vehicles or pedestrians

— It is not allowed to use electric scooters that do not meet the technical requirements specified by the Authority

— The instructions specified in the road signs and tracks must be adhered to

— Towing the electric scooter in any vehicle, or towing any objects in it is prohibited

— It is forbidden to use the left side of the road when riding on safe streets, or not make sure that the road is clear when changing lanes

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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