Lately, e-scooter ownership has spread tremendously in different countries because it is much less costly than owning a car and is economical and fast. Yet, driving e-bikes concerns many risks, the most critical of which is a crash with other automobiles and pedestrians.
Therefore, in an attempt by the rational Government of Dubai to maintain the lives of its people, it has declared a ban on e-scooters in two parts of Dubai Marina, including the Marina Walk and Marina Mall Walk.
Although there was no official announcement, signs in these areas warning that e-scooters, bicycles, roller blades, and skateboards are banned.
Safety Efforts Taken to Control E-scooters in Dubai
The banning seems to be the latest safety measure to prevent riders from colliding with pedestrians. Thus, to guarantee that people abide by the new regulation, security guards regularly patrol the marina but manage not to approach anyone unless they ride irresponsibly or in one of the newly restricted areas.
The decision to impose the ban also contained the Roads and Transport Authority's announcement that riders require a permit, which is issued free of charge to all residents and tourists who wish to use e-scooters throughout Dubai.
Where Can You Ride Your E-scooter in Dubai?
The initial phase of e-scooter rental in Dubai covers 10 locations, including Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Internet City, Al Rigga, 2nd December Street, City Walk, the communities of Palm Jumeirah, Al Qusais, Al Mankhool, and Al Karama as well as dedicated cycle tracks.
Safety Conditions for E-scooter Riding in Dubai
To preserve the lives of bike users and pedestrians, the government has announced safety conditions when driving an e-scooter, as follows:
- E-scooter users must be at least 16 years old
- Commitment to park in designated places
- Never carry anything that causes the e-scooter to become unbalanced, including any passengers
- Adhere to exemplary safety conditions while riding
What Fines May Riders Get?
Many violations result from driving an e-scooter, including failure to use specific roads, reckless riding, not having a permit, or not reporting an accident. Fines can range from AED 200 to AED 300, depending on the type and cause of the violation.
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