By Lubna Hamdan
E-scooter rental companies remain banned in Dubai for health and safety reasons
E-scooters will not be allowed on the Expo 2020 Dubai site in a bid to ensure visitors’ safety, according to a statement shared with Arabian Business.
The six month event expects 25 million visits and an average of 150,000 visitors per day.
“For reasons of health and safety and the overall visitor experience, personal mobility vehicles/equipment, including motorised e-scooters, will not be allowed on to the Expo site, with the exception of wheelchairs and baby strollers,” the Expo 2020 Dubai statement said.
E-scooter accidents are on the rise, with companies like US mobility giant Lyft suspending e-scooter operations in six US markets, according to TechCrunch.
While e-scooter rental companies were banned in March by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) on grounds of safety, the electric vehicles continue to be sold in stores for individual use. Moreover, the ban is expected to be lifted before the end of the year on line with new regulations said to be introduced.
Abu Dhabi residents on the other hand can rent e-scooters as a legal means of transport in the emirate, according the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), with European micro-mobility company Circ having confirmed the launch of their e-scooter app service in the capital in August.