Dubai Government has banned electronic scooters for an indefinite time period until it introduces new regulations based on new research and study.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), met with the electric scooter rental companies on the ban relevant to renting scooters.
Mattar Al Tayer said, “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.”
A spokesperson from Qwikly, ‘ride and drop’ electronic scooters firm, said, “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 ban has also impacted the plans of Skoot Mobility, a home-grown scooter rental company which was scheduled to launch on 6 March in DIFC.
While short distance ride solutions have seen in great demand from consumers, at the same time, they have been banned in many countries fearing for the safety of pedestrians because of ‘irresponsible’ riders.