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E-scooter riders are required to get a permit in Dubai.

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38,102 apply for e-scooter permit in Dubai: RTA

Filipinos are the top e-scooter permit holders in Dubai, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Thursday (August 11).

Filipinos accounted for 15,502 e-scooter permits issued, followed by Indians with 8,006 permits issued and Pakistanis with 3,840 e-scooter permits issued.

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A total of 38,102 people from 149 nationalities applied for an e-scooter permit in Dubai in three months since April, according to the RTA.

Dubai requires e-scooter riders to apply for a permit to use the vehicles on designated roads. The application for the permit is done via the RTA website and is free of charge.

According to the RTA, majority of permits were issued to people between the ages of 30 and 40, accounting for 15,807 permits issued or 41 percent of the total number of permits issued.

This was followed by people between the ages of 20 and 30, with the RTA issuing 14,576 permits. The RTA also issued 1,570 permits to those over 40 and below the age of 20.

“These facts illustrate the huge interest in using e-scooters among a wide spectrum of community members of different age groups and the trend to use this mobility means as it can take users smoothly to their intended destinations,” according to the RTA.

Obtaining a free e-scooter permit requires passing an awareness training course run via RTA’s website. Trainees should not be less than 16 years of age. The training course includes lessons about the technical specifications and standards of e-scooters, obligations of riders and districts where the use of e-scooters is permitted. The course also briefs users about traffic signs and relevant symbols.

It is mandatory to obtain permits for those using shared or individual e-scooters on designated streets. However, it is not mandatory to obtain scooter permits if riders are riding in places other than streets, such as cycling tracks or pavements designated by RTA. Exception from the course is granted to holders of valid driving licenses or international driving licenses.

RTA calls on all individuals to comply with the regulations of riding e-scooters in the designated places such as wearing protective helmets and safety jackets, avoiding the use of mobile phones, clearing the streets before entering, avoiding entering pedestrian zones, and fitting e-scooters with reflective signs to maintain the security of users and other road users. ICA/Expat Media


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