Thursday 6 August 2020

Abu Dhabi permits rental of e-scooters

ABU DHABI, July 31, 2019

The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) has permitted the rental of e-scooters in Abu Dhabi as part of efforts to diversify the transport modes available and offer innovative solutions for sustainable mobility. 

All e-scooter rental companies can now offer their services after obtaining the required permit and NOC from ITC and other concerned entities. E-scooters can be used within the designated paths for pedestrians and cyclists. The pilot phase of the project that will last for 6-12 months will be implemented in Corniche and Khalifa Street in Abu Dhabi.

The service will be operating according to the first mile and last mile basis. To facilitate people’s commutes, the public can use this service to travel to their final destination with nominal cost.

E-scooters are considered an efficient, environmental-friendly means of transport for daily commutes and will link from different public bus stations to main destinations like shopping malls, facilities and residential areas.

The implementation of this service follows ITC’s endeavour to reduce traffic congestion and maintain a safe environment that will boost the quality of life in the emirate.

To use the service, rental companies will offer smart applications that enable the users to rent the e-scooter after quick registration. Each e-scooter will have a QR code to be scanned. In order to ensure the safety of the public, the speed of the e-scooter will be 15-20 KM/hour.

Interested rental companies are advised to comply with the regulations of operating e-scooters that are enforced by ITC. The regulations aim to maintain the safety of the public by limiting the use of e-scooters in designated areas only, away from the streets. In addition, e-scooters shall not block the traffic flow, endanger pedestrians and should be parked in designated parking spaces.

During the pilot phase, ITC will study the public demand for the service and monitor the success of it in order to update the policies and procedures related to it to expand the implementation of the service. - TradeArabia News Service


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