Can mobility scooter go on the road?

Can mobility scooter go on the road?

As of March 01, 2024, passengers carrying an electric scooter and electric mobility scooter onboard Dubai metro and tram are prohibited. As per the Road and Transport Authority or RTA, “Keeping in mind the safety of Dubai Metro and Tram passengers, RTA has prohibited the carrying of e-scooters and micro-mobility devices that are battery operated onboard Dubai metro and Dubai tram due to their potential of catching fire until further notice while it reviews the safety regulations.”

Numerous residents, even those who do not have any mobility limitations, depend on these micro-mobility devices to help with their daily commute. Now that they are not allowed in the metro and tram, people have been asking the question “can mobility scooter go on the road?”

General guidelines

The Executive Council Resolution No. (13) of 2022 issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum regulated the use of mobility scooters with the following terms:

Rider’s permit

Mobility scooter users are required by Dubai’s RTA to get a rider’s permit before using a 2 wheel or 4 wheel electric scooter. Failure to do so will result in a fine of AED 200. 

Speed limits

Mobility and electric scooter users must not exceed the speed limits while using the scooter. The speed limit is 20 km/h.

Technical specifications

Mobility and e-scooters in the UAE must adhere to the following technical specifications to avoid any fines.

  • The equipment must have both headlights and taillights with a horn in the steering arm
  • The wheels must be in perfect working order.
  • Brakes must be present on both the front and rear wheels.
  • The mobility scooter must withstand the weather in the UAE.
  • The scooters must be GPS-tagged.

Rules for riders

Aside from the technical specifications, e-scooter riders must:

  • Not be under 16 years of age
  • Wear a safety helmet
  • Keep a safe distance from pedestrians
  • Be alone and not take anyone else as an additional rider
  • Respect traffic laws
  • Not cause the mobility scooter to become unbalanced
  • Do not use earphones or headsets 

Tips for safe use

Below are some advice to ensure a safe ride while using mobility scooters in the roads of the UAE:

Adhere to the rules: The violations and fines for misuse of mobility scooters are extensive. Aside from avoiding these, adhering to the rules set by the RTA will ensure your safety and those around you.

Ride on safe and secure paths: When planning your route, find safe and secure paths that are accessible and allowed for use by a mobility scooter. Stay away from busy intersections and pedestrian areas to lessen the possibility of untoward incidents. 

Be visible: Use your headlights and taillights especially when riding at night or in low-light situations. Add to your visibility by wearing reflective clothing. To prevent accidents, move in consistent patterns and let other drivers know if you intend to turn to the right or left. 

Be mindful: Be mindful of the other drivers, bikers, and pedestrians who share the road with you. Keep a safe distance from them. 

Practice safe riding: Learn how to use your mobility scooter safely. Practice speeding up, braking and steering before using your scooter on the road. Avoid abrupt movements that can cause you to lose control of your scooter or cause a confusion with other drivers or pedestrians.

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Key takeaways

In Dubai and the UAE’s commitment to sustainability and lessening its carbon footprint, micro-mobility modes of transportation is encouraged. However, users are still encouraged to be responsible in their use and to adhere to rules and regulations. 

If you’re thinking of purchasing a mobility scooter or would want to try it first by availing of mobility scooter hire Dubai services to ensure it meets your needs, consider asking for the professional recommendations and advice of mobility solutions specialists like Gilani Mobility.

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FAQs

Can mobility scooter go on the road in Dubai?

The Executive Council Resolution No. (13) of 2022 issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council regulate the use of mobility scooters in Dubai by ensuring the users adhere to the road rules by RTA when using the scooters.

Where can you not use a mobility scooter?

There are designated areas or zones where mobility scooters are only allowed. Using these scooters beyond these areas are prohibited. Scooters are specifically not allowed on jogging or walking tracks.

Can I travel with my mobility scooter?

Yes. However, mobility scooter users must adhere to the rules and regulations stipulated by the RTA. 

Can you take a mobility scooter in a car?

Yes. It’s possible to take a mobility scooter in a car provided the mobility scooter is portable and lightweight. Most foldable mobility scooters can fit the trunk of a regular-sized car.

Are mobility scooters allowed on buses?

Mobility scooters are allowed on buses provided they’re folded and not obstructing other passengers from embarking and disembarking buses. If there are no wheelchair user passengers or parents with children’s strollers, passengers with mobility scooters are requested to stay in the designated area for wheelchairs and strollers.