Electronic scooters are banned in Dubai while their use is regulated.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has met with scooter firms to discuss the halt on operations while it introduces regulations.
Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA’s Board of Executive Directors RTA, met with scooter rental companies on the block “relevant to renting of the scooters.”
Here’s what the RTA is saying: “(Al Tayer) highlighted that considering public safety is RTA’s priority, and to regulate vehicle use in the city, RTA has issued a circular to all electric scooter rental companies to stop their activities, until new regulations are in force, based on the findings of a study being conducted by RTA.”
One of those firms is Qwikly ‘ride and drop’ electronic scooters, which arrived in Dubai in late 2018, with scooters to hire around the Downtown area.
A company spokesperson confirmed Qwikly has halted its service for now. They added: “Qwikly supports the RTA’s need to research the impact of eScooters on Dubai. Safety of users and pedestrians is paramount to both Qwikly and the RTA. We look forward to getting eScooters back in town in the near future.”
The scooter craze has gone global over the last year, with commuters using them for “first and last mile” journeys. But many countries and cities have now vetoed e-scooters from their streets, citing fears for the safety of riders and pedestrians.
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