Abu Dhabi: Electric bikes with engines operating at 700 watts cannot be ridden without a permit, Abu Dhabi’s transport regulator has said.
Scooters with seats are also not classified as ‘light vehicles’, the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport added in a clarification issued through its social media platforms.
‘Light vehicles’ can be used without a specific rider permit. Instead, users can use these light vehicles — which include bikes, scooters without seats, and low-powered electric bikes — on internal roads, and while donning the appropriate personal protective gear.
The ITC also specified the requirements for scooters and bikes that can be legally used on Abu Dhabi roads:
- The height of the vehicle should not exceed 165 centimetres.
- The vehicle should weigh 35 kilograms or less.
- The width of the vehicle should 70 centimetres or less.
Light vehicle regulations
The ITC has previously published other regulations regarding light vehicle use, including the following:
- Do not ride bicycles and scooters against the direction of traffic flow.
- Avoid riding a bicycle or scooter on a road where maximum speed limits exceed 60 kilometres per hour.
- Do not ride a bicycle or scooter in areas designated for walking and running, including on walking and running tracks.
- Never hold on to another moving vehicle when riding a bicycle or scooter.
- Do not take a pillion rider.
- Wear a protective helmet at all times, and reflective clothing when riding in dark areas.
- The ITC issues fines between Dh200 and Dh500 for violating these light vehicle use regulations.