New traffic regulations for motorbike couriers

Abu Dhabi has enacted new traffic rules for motorbike couriers delivering orders. They are now prohibited from driving in the left-hand lane of a number of motorways. In particular, they are talking about motorways with a speed limit of 100 km/h and above.

At present it is not specified, what penalties await couriers for violation of the rules. Back in April 2023, Abu Dhabi Police announced new rules for food delivery – couriers have to comply with them to ensure their safety.

According to the requirements, the external dimensions of the food delivery box must be 50 centimetres wide, long and high. The edges of the box must be covered with a phosphorescent reflector and must not have edges with sharp corners. The box must have a clear identification inscription visible from a distance of 20 metres.

The front hatch of the box shall be made of fibreglass and securely fastened. The box must be mounted on the seat or rear saddle of the motorbike and the box must also bear the motorbike owner’s number.

In the summer of 2021, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority issued a set of rules for motorbike couriers. The document increases penalties for a number of offences: including motorcyclists can be fined AED 700 for driving in the left (speed) lane.

The speed limit for couriers on two-wheelers is set at 100km/h. Failure to exceed this will result in a fine of AED 2,000. Using a delivery vehicle for any other purpose is subject to a fine of AED 4,000.

For driving without a reflective waistcoat, gloves and helmet, the fine will be AED 700 and the third time will result in the withdrawal of the courier’s licence. Motorcyclists are also prohibited from carrying passengers on the back seat during working hours. This is punishable by a fine of AED 500 and the revocation of the work permit if the violation is found three times.

Carrying orders in a backpack will be fined AED 500 the first time, AED 700 the second time and the third time the courier will lose his job. A fine of AED 700 will be imposed on motorcyclists for delivering prohibited items.

Source: The National

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