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Electric scooters banned in Dubai

 

DUBAI – The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has banned electric scooters in Dubai pending regulation for its proper use in public.

The RTA, in a circular issued to scooter rental companies in Dubai, said it is “currently considering the technical and legislative requirements to allow the operation of electric scooters in addition to the conditions and commitment of scooter drivers”.

The transport authority said it was forced enforce the ban “given that the use of electric scooters on roads or sidewalks is very dangerous due to the lack of dedicated paths.”

Dubai-based electric scooter company, KIWIride, said authorities have asked the company to adhere to the scooter ban on streets.

“Irresponsible riding by some KIWI users has led to the authorities asking us to take scooters off the streets. But you can still enjoy your ride with e-scooters delivered to your doorstep,” the company said on Facebook.

In another post, KIWIride said “Dear riders, due to [a] Dubai Police request, scooters which are in Jumeirah areas, Umm Suqeim, AL Safa, Al Wasl, Umm Al Sheif, Al Manara, Bur Dubai areas will be blocked at the moment until advised while other areas will still be active/operational.”

The RTA circular is believed to have reached scooter rental companies in Dubai.  GAD/Expat Media

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