RTA runs online platform to issue free e-scooter driving permits

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has announced that the use of electric scooters on safe streets specified by the RTA requires a traffic permit, which can be obtained through an electronic platform launched by the RTA on its website. The platform allows the public to get free permits entitling them to use this type of flexible transport in specified areas and streets. The RTA will be using the scooter and the e-platform will be up and running and available to the public from April 28 this year.

 The RTA has stated that a permit will only be required for those using the scooter on the specified streets. For those who want to use the scooter in places other than streets, such as on bike paths or pavements, a permit will not be required.

 To obtain a permit, a training course available on the RTA website must be completed, and the trainee must be at least 16 years of age. The course includes lessons on scooter specifications and standards and user responsibilities, as well as areas permitted for scooter use. The course also focuses on identifying the associated road signs and signs relating to scooters.

 The new organisational rules stipulate that using an electric scooter or any other category as defined by the RTA without obtaining a driving licence is a traffic offence punishable by a fine of AED 200 by law, except for those who hold a valid vehicle driving licence or an international driving or motorbike licence.

 The introduction of these regulations is the implementation of Dubai Executive Council Resolution No. 13 for 2022, approved by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, regulating the use of e-scooters in Dubai. It supports efforts to make Dubai a bicycle-friendly city and encourages residents and visitors to use alternative means of transport. It also marks the successful trial operation of e-scooters, which began in October 2020.

 The actual operation of the e-scooter began on 13 April 2022 in 10 areas of Dubai and was limited to dedicated cycle lanes in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Internet City, Al Rigga, Dec 2 Street, Palm Jumeirah, City Walk, and safe roads in Al Qusayes, Al Manhul and Al Karama. All bicycle and scooter lanes in Dubai are also permitted, with the exception of the cycle lanes in Saikh Assalam, Al Qudra and Meydan.

 The selection of these areas and lanes was based on specific criteria such as high population density, special development areas, areas served by metro stations and mass transit facilities, the presence of integrated infrastructure and areas with a high level of traffic safety.

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