The process involves attending training courses and passing an online test. "Obtaining this permit shall be a prerequisite for riding scooters on safe roads in the announced areas. However, holders of local and international driving licenses are exempted from obtaining such a permit," the RTA said in a Press release.
The RTA will launch an awareness campaign to educate scooter riders about the regulations and designated locations for use.
Rules to ride an e-scooter
An Executive Council resolution issued recently states that e-scooters must be used only within the permitted areas and tracks designated by the RTA. They are not allowed on walking or running tracks. The RTA called on residents to select high-quality e-scooters to avoid battery burn accidents and frequent technical malfunctions.
— Riders must wear reflective vests and helmets; avoid carrying pillion riders or anything that causes an imbalance, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and pedestrians.
— The resolution also states the technical specifications applicable to e-scooters and bikes. These include a white headlight, red and reflective lights on the rear; a horn fixed on the steering arm (T-bar); brakes on the front and back tyres; tyre sizes proportional to the size of the scooter; and roadworthy tyres for the tracks specified by RTA.
— Additionally, the size of the scooter must be proportional to that of its rider. The RTA called on residents to select high-quality e-scooters to avoid battery burn accidents and frequent technical malfunctions.
— Accidents must be reported to the police, ambulance or the RTA.
— Cyclists and bikers should always ride on the right side of the road. Before changing their lane, they should give hand signals and ensure they can make their move safely.
— They should ride in the direction of traffic and not against it.
— Making significant modifications to the bike is also not permitted.
— Riders below 16 years of age cannot ride e-scooters.