A police officer catches an illegal electric scooter driver.
Gulf today, Staff reporter
Abu Dhabi Police have stepped up their traffic campaign to issue fines to offenders who violate e-bike and e-scooter requirements at various vital intersections in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The initiative is part of their efforts to improve road safety for its users and to preserve the safety of pedestrians
Police shared videos on social media showing officers catching offenders and issuing fines.
The Traffic and Patrol Directorate of the Central Operations Sector, in cooperation with the Integrated Transport Center and strategic partners, completed its awareness campaign, which lasted more than two months in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Dhafra and outer regions, and focused on educating bicycle users of all kinds with the requirements necessary to improve their safety.
Brigadier General Mohammed Dhahi Al Himiri, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate, stressed the importance of following the necessary road safety instructions and guidelines on the roads to ensure the safety and security of all , praising the cooperation between Abu Dhabi Police and its partners to improve levels of public safety and maintain gains in security and stability.
He stressed the importance of complying with the requirements for the use of electric bicycles and scooters.
He said those permitted for use in Abu Dhabi are of two types, namely manual and electric bicycles and scooters, while those prohibited are electric bicycles with a seat.
He said regulations for the use of bicycles and e-bikes in the emirate specified requirements for bicycles that could be used as two or more wheels, not equipped with an automatic motor and driven by the rider, while the electric scooter is a vehicle with two or more wheels, equipped with a motor.
It is electric and moved by the power produced by the electric motor or by the pushing force of its occupant. He behaves standing up and has no seat.
He stressed the need to reduce the speed of cycling in crowded areas and to ride in authorized lanes in accordance with directional signs and common lanes for pedestrians, bicycles and electric scooters, internal and secondary roads, and the Compliance with security requirements and security procedures.
Abu Dhabi Police had posted, on their social media platforms, the 7 most important steps to improve the safety of e-bike users, who wear protective helmets and reflective jackets, using the bike lanes. while driving in the same direction, respecting the 20 km/h speed limit and avoiding carrying any passengers.
With the user of the bike, avoid carrying heavy weights so as not to lose your balance, do not use double earphones or the telephone as they distract attention and be sure to obey traffic signs and rules traffic.