Abu Dhabi publishes new rules for electric bikes and scooters

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Failure to comply with these new rules will result in fines…

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently introduced a requirement for scooter users in Dubai to apply for a license to use their electric vehicles.

And while the Abu Dhabi rule updates stopped before that, there are some important rule updates that bike and scooter riders should be aware of.

The new rules were developed around a collaborative effort with input from the Integrated Transport Center (ITC), Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters. . And it’s about keeping all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and electric vehicle drivers as safe as possible.

where you can ride

Only one cyclist per bike/scooter/e-bike.

Bikes and scooters should use bike lanes when available and stay to the far right of the path.

Where there are no cycle lanes available, you should use secondary roads (with a speed limit capped at 20 km/h), again keeping to the far right.

Cyclists and scooters should give way to pedestrians and slow down at intersections and crossroads.

Traveling against the current (in traffic) is strictly prohibited.

You are not allowed to chain your vehicle to “traffic lights, poles or street light poles”.

It is also forbidden to hold other vehicles, even temporarily stationary.

Security equipment

Riders should wear a protective helmet and if using their devices at night, reflective clothing should also be worn.

bicycles and e-bikes must be equipped with a white headlight and a red taillight that can be turned on during night riding, or a red light reflector.

There must also be a handlebar-mounted audible warning device (like a bell) and brakes (that work), at least on the rear wheel.

Bicycle and scooter rental

People wishing to rent bicycles and scooters must hold the corresponding license issued by the Integrated Transport Center.

Lessees are responsible for the compliance of their devices with the “approved technical specifications” and must carry out regular maintenance of all their devices.

Rental companies must also provide phone numbers in case of breakdowns or emergencies.

The insurance must fully cover potential accidents related to the use of the road.

All e-bikes must be equipped with a GPS tracking device.

A list of safety and operating instructions must be provided with the rental and as a sticker on the vehicle itself.

Further information and a full list of rules can be found on the itc.gov.ae website.

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