E-scooter riders in Dubai are required to get a permit.
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DUBAI – Individuals with a valid driver’s license are exempted from applying for an e-scooter driving permit in Dubai, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
On April 28, the RTA launched its online application form for an e-scooter driving permit in Dubai. The permit is free but is mandatory to be able to drive an e-scooter in the emirate.
The e-scooter permit is not required for individuals with valid car driver’s licenses, international driver’s licenses, or motorcycle licenses.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and must complete the training course and test on the RTA website. Here’s how you can apply for an e-scooter riding permit in Dubai
1. Go to www.rta.ae
2. Find Select RTA Services section
3. Click on Drivers & Car Owner
4. Click on Licensing Services
5. Go to Driver License Services
6. Click on Express Services
7. Click on Issue Scooter Permit
8. Follow instructions to complete your application
Validity: No specific validity
Age limit for permit holders: None
– Must be 16 years old or older
– Must attend training courses
– Must pass online test (Grade of 75 percent or 23 correct answers out of 30 questions)
The training course comprises lessons on technical specifications and standards of scooters, obligations of users, and the locations where the scooters are allowed.
The training also covers the definition of relevant traffic signs and scooter signs.
The new laws also state that operating an electric scooter or any other category specified by RTA without a driving permit is a traffic offense punishable by law with a Dh200 fine.
The implementation of these regulations is in line with a resolution by the Dubai Executive Council, approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.
It supports efforts to make Dubai a bicycle-friendly city and encourages residents and visitors to adopt different modes of transportation. It also concluded the successful trial operation of e-scooters in October 2020.
The official operation of e-scooters began on April 13 in ten districts of Dubai.
Initially, the scooters were allowed only in approved cycling lanes in Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Internet City, Al Rigga, 2nd December Street, Palm Jumeirah, City Walk, Safe roads at Al Qusais, Al Mankhool, and Al Karama.
The locations and lanes are selected based on specified criteria such as high population density, special development zones, areas served by metro stations and mass transport methods, the availability of integrated infrastructure, and high-traffic safety zones. BKM/ICA/ Expat Media
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