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e-scooter ban for Dubai

RTA bans scooters after reports of bad behaviour by riders including riding in traffic

Dubai has banned e-scooters until a safety review is conducted.
Dubai has banned e-scooters until a safety review is conducted.

e-scooters have been banned in Dubai by the Roads & Transport Authority.

US company Qwikly launched in several locations in Dubai in November last year, while UAE-based KIWIride announced its launch last month. A third operator, Skoot Mobility, is understood to have delayed its launch.

In a Twitter statement, the RTA said that HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors RTA, met with the electric scooter rental companies to discuss the ban.

The RTA said that the scooter companies have been told to stop their activities on the grounds of safety, while it conducts a study on the use scooters.

In an interview with ITP last month, one e-scooter operator said it was in discussions with the RTA, but had been advised that there was no regulation against the bikes, or permits required to ride them, and that the RTA regarded the scooters as a leisure vehicle or a toy.

Media reports said that the ban had been requested by Dubai Police, after rider misbehaviour including riding on the roads.

The scooters, which can typically reach speeds of 20-30 Kph, have faced bans in other cities, as well as complaints about scooters being left blocking doorways and pavements by riders who have finished using them.

KIWIride told ITP that it would use its app, which enables riders to locate and unlock a scooter, to promote good behaviour among riders.

Arnab Ghosh, business development manager, KIWIride said: "For our part, we want to make sure that riders are riding responsibly, making sure that their safety is not compromised, so we push out messages about safety, tell them to wear a helmet, and don't break the law.

"On the app, the first thing you have to do is go through the safety guidelines before you can register, and those guidelines are available on the app all the time.

"We are going to make sure to tell people to park responsibly, to be sensible about usage, it is an education process - it will take a while for behaviour to change and the concept to sink in," Ghosh added.

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