• Wed. May 18th, 2022

Get your e-scooter driver’s license from April 28 in Dubai

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 26, 2022

The circulation permit can be obtained through an electronic platform launched by RTA on its website which allows the public to obtain free permits, which qualify them “to use this type of flexible transport”, he added. .

Obtaining the permit requires successful completion of the awareness training available on the RTA website. The e-scooter user must not be less than 16 years old.

According to the RTA, “the training includes lessons on the technical specifications and standards of the scooters and the obligations of the users, in addition to the areas authorized to use the scooter. The course also covers the definition of associated traffic signs and scooter-related signs.”

Using an electric scooter without obtaining a driver’s license is a traffic violation punishable by a fine of 200 Dh. Exempt from obtaining a license are those who have a valid UAE driver’s license and those who have an international driver’s license or a motorcycle license.

RTA said: “The introduction of these regulations is an implementation of Dubai Executive Council Resolution No. 13 for 2022 approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council , governing the use of e-scooters in Dubai. It supports efforts to transform Dubai into a bike-friendly city and encourages residents and visitors to use alternative means of mobility.

Trial operation of e-scooters was first introduced in October 2020. They are permitted in 10 districts in Dubai and on designated cycle lanes on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Internet City, Al Rigga, 2nd of December Street, Palm Jumeirah, City Walk, in addition to safe routes in Al Qusais, Al Mankhool and Al Karama. Electric scooters are also allowed on all bike and scooter lanes in Dubai except for Saih Assalam, Al Qudra and Meydan bike lanes.

RTA said: “The selection of these areas and routes was based on specific criteria such as high population density, special development areas, areas served by metro stations and public transport, availability integrated infrastructure and high traffic security areas. ”

In a previous interview, Dubai police told Gulf News that they will enforce the law on electric scooters, especially those that ride against the current or on the sidewalks of markets and narrow roads as they endanger their life and that of others. Police said e-scooters should always be used on designated tracks and not on main roads.

1. The speed of electric scooters should be limited to a maximum of 20 km/h.

2. Electric scooters must be equipped with headlights and taillights.

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

4. Electric scooters must have working 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.