Dubai: E-scooters banned inside metro, tram

Many public transport users use the vehicle as a mode of transport for the first and last mile


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Published: Thu 29 Feb 2024, 10:48 PM

Last updated: Sat 2 Mar 2024, 9:58 AM

Dubai announced a ban on e-scooters inside the Metro and Tram from March 1 to ensure safety of passengers.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Thursday (February 29) said that commuters are prohibited from carrying their last-mile transport inside the facilities.

In a tweet, the transport authority said: “To ensure your safety and that of others, the use of e-scooters inside Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram will be prohibited, starting Friday, March 1." RTA used the hashtag #YourSafetyOurPriority.

Earlier on Thursday, authorities revealed a robot that would detect violations committed by users of bicycles and electric scooters. The robot — which is tasked with surveillance and spotting violations — will be trialled from March.

Last month, services on Onpassive metro station were delayed for nearly an hour after smoke was detected from an electric scooter.

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Complaints against e-scooter riders have been on the rise with. In 2023, several residents and motorists had complained about how e-scooters are being parked indiscriminately, blocking sidewalks and taking over parking slots in some popular residential communities.

Last year, Khaleej Times had reported that some residential buildings had banned tenants from bringing e-scooters inside their apartments, citing safety reasons.

E-scooters have become an increasingly popular mode of transport in recent years, with over 63,500 e-scooter permits issued since April 2022.


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