In order to ensure everyone’s safety, there are certain sets of rules that e-scooter riders need to adhere to in Dubai. The main one is that they are supposed to have a driving licence or a permit if they are driving their e-scooters in the designated area. In this article, we are going to be introducing the areas where you can drive your e-scooters, the process of applying for the permit, and the fines that you should pay in the field. Get set and let us dive deeper into the matter.
Areas Where You Can Drive Your E-Scooter
In 10 districts, and on certain bicycle tracks, people are allowed to drive their E-scooter. If you are a fan of the gadget, head to one of the following areas and enjoy it alone or with some friends:
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers
- Dubai Internet City
- Al Rigga
- 2nd of December Street
- The Palm Jumeirah
- City Walk
Some designated safe roads and tracks in specific zones at:
- Al Qusais
- Al Mankhool
- Al Karama
How to Get a Permit:
Whether you are a tourist or a resident of the UAE, you can get a permit for driving the E-scooter in a few super easy steps. First, you need to go to the RTA website where you provide your essential information, such as your phone number and visa status. Then, you state whether you have a driving licence. If you do, they will inform you that you do not need a permit. If you do not, on the other hand, you need to take a theory test and score 75 per cent to pass it. Both tourists and residents with driving licences need to familiarise themselves with the material of the training course to make sure they are safe when riding an E-scooter.
Latest Rules for E-Scooter Riders
- The rider needs to be either 16 years of age or older. Twelve-to 16-year-old riders should be accompanied by adults who are 18 years of age or older.
- The speed limit for e-scooters in Dubai is 20 kph.
- If you are riding an e-scooter in Dubai, you should have a headlight, a taillight, and functional brakes.
- Riders should avoid one-handed biking or cycling except when making a signal using hand gestures.
- Unless your bike has a separate passenger compartment or seat, carrying other people with you is not allowed.
- Riders must wear a protective helmet, shoes, and other appropriate gear to ensure their safety.
- As per the e-scooter laws in Dubai 2022, all e-scooters have to be GPS-tagged to remain within the designated e-scooter areas.
- Riders are not allowed to carry anything that could upset the e-scooter.
- Riders must maintain a safe distance between e-scooters, bikes, and pedestrians.
- Dual headsets are forbidden.
- All riders must abide by the regulations, guidelines, and warning signs on the dedicated tracks.
- E-scooters are supposed to dismount the scooter while crossing pedestrian crossings and abide by traffic and traffic laws.
- Failure to comply with the safety instructions and stipulations will be treated as a violation of the Federal Traffic Law.
Recent Fines for E-Scooter Riders
- Riding an e-scooter without a licence or permit: 200 AED.
- Hindering pedestrians or traffic: AED 200
- Not parking e-scooters in designated areas: AED 200
- Children below 12 years old riding e-scooters without adult supervision: AED 200
- Not following road signs: AED 200
- Exceeding the speed limit by 60 km/hr.: AED 300
- Riding the e-scooter against the traffic: AED 200
- Not reporting accidents that result in injuries and damage: AED 300
- Recklessly riding the e-scooter which may cause harm to others’ lives: AED 300
- Riding or parking on lanes designated for joggers and walkers: AED 200
- Towing or dragging stuff behind e-scooters: AED 300
- Not wearing the proper protective safety gear: AED 200
- Not using designated lanes for e-scooters or bicycles: AED 200
- Not adhering to safety requirements: AED 200
- Carrying passengers on the e-scooter: AED 300
- Riding an e-scooter that does not meet standard technical requirements: AED 300
- Blocking traffic on the route: AED 300
- Unsafe lane changing: AED 200
- Exceeding the specified limit by RTA: AED 100
- Not dismounting on pedestrian crossing: AED 200
- If a violation is repeated within a year, the bike can be confiscated, or the rider can be banned temporarily from riding his bike.
In conclusion, riding an E-scooter is fun. It also provides an easy and not so expensive mode of transportation. To make sure it is always just fun, make sure to get your permit and adhere to all laws.