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E-scooters confiscated in Dubai

 

DUBAI – Residents took to social media on Sunday (November 17) to report that their e-scooters were confiscated by police in Dubai’s Al Rigga area.

R.P. (full name withheld) said she was using her e-scooter on the sidewalk on Saturday when a policeman stopped her and confiscated her ride.

“Plenty of people’s scooters were confiscated, even those used by grocery delivery men,” the expatriate said in Filipino.

W.E. (full name withheld) also said that his unlicensed e-scooter was confiscated in Al Rigga.

When contacted by Expatmedia.net, a representative on the police hotline said that those seeking information about confiscated e-scooters may call 04 2904573.

The representative said that e-scooters are banned on UAE roads and that only licensed e-rental scooters are allowed in certain areas.

In March, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) clarified that while there is no total ban on the use of e-scooters in Dubai, their use in public is limited.

“You can use your e-scooters in closed areas, or if they are allowed by the Dubai Municipality, including in parks and inside campuses,” said Mousa Al Raeisi, director of monitoring and enforcement at the RTA’s licensing agency.

Under the law, however, electric scooters are categorised as motorcycles and are not allowed on roads unless they are licensed.

The RTA is reportedly reviewing regulation for electric scooters, including a possible licensing similar to motorcycles, while the ban is in place.

The transport authority had 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.”

In February, the RTA issued a circular informing scooter rental companies in Dubai of a ban in the use of electric scooters pending regulation for its proper use in public. ICA/Expat Media

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