What are the rules that apply for e-scooters and e-bikes in Dubai?

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What are the rules that apply for e-bikes in Dubai and Dubai is adopting Netherland’s cycling-friendly policy with Dubai’s e-scooter trend?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 24, 2019. – Dubai Marina residents get bitten by the e-scooter bug. Victor Besa/The National Section: Standalone Reporter:

Dubai is a growing and thriving tourist destination and home to millions of people nearly from 200 countries. Growing demands for transportation infrastructures are pushing their limits and Dubai is looking for more sustainable ways to facilitate urban commutes. Dubai is famous for its technological inventions, especially in transport solutions from elevators to aeroplanes.

Dubai is taking an unusual turn from flying cars to e-bikes. It doesn’t mean that Dubai isn’t planning for flying cars. But, they are trying to adopt a much more conservative urban commuter method which is cycling. As Dubai is a hot weather city, there is no way to promote cycling as a commuting method. But e-bikes and e-scooters are perfectly fitting the need. Battery power will help to hassle-free, sweat-free ride. At least it is much more comfortable than cycling. As Dubai is perfectly planned and it is easy to regulate this type of transport by dedicated lanes. And there are lots of Air Conditioned life-saving points for commuters, they can comfort themselves in somewhere. So, e-scooter riding won’t be that hard in a modern citizen comfort city like Dubai.

It is supportive to reduce carbon emission. It is supportive to save biofuel. Unlike a new invention, this trend will not be that hard to implement and expand. Budget-friendly for government and users as well.

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Basic Rules of riding

1. The speed of e-scooters must be limited to a maximum of 20km/hr.

2. E-scooters must have headlights and taillights.

3. There should be a device for sounding a warning (i.e. similar to car horns and bicycle bells).

4. E-scooters should have functional wheels.

5. Brakes must be present on the front and rear wheels.

6. They must be built to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the UAE.

7. They must meet the requirements, technical specifications and standards set by the competent authorities.

Rules for E-scooter riders:

1. Rider must be at least 14 years old (except in pilot areas designated by RTA, where the minimum age now stands at 16 years).

2. Rider must wear a protective helmet.

3. E-scooters must be parked in their designated parking areas only.

4. E-scooters must not be parked or used in a manner that causes obstruction to the flow of traffic or to pedestrians.

5. Rider must maintain a safe distance between themselves and bikes/pedestrians.

6. Rider must not carry any item that may cause e-scooters to lose balance.

7. Rider must not carry any additional rider (e-scooters are for individual/solo use).

8. Comply with rules, regulations and road signs.

9. Rider must report major as well as minor accidents to the competent authority, regardless of whether such accident caused any damage or not.

10. Rider must not use headphones or earphones while riding e-scooters.

11. Rider must observe and adhere to the general safety requirements while riding e-scooters.

12. Rider must not ride the e-scooter in a manner that may be dangerous or life-threatening to others.

13. Ride must ride the e-scooter only in its designated lane.

14. Rider must wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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