Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has alerted all service suppliers, auto agents and technical testing personnel not to register electric vehicles in the Traffic System of Dubai unless they are verified by a UAE-based accredited agent.

The move came into effect on October 1.

“Stipulating the existence of a local accredited agent of electric vehicles at the time of registration in the Dubai’s Traffic System is part of our commitment to realise RTA’s vision for safe and smooth transport for all,” said Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.

He pointed out that such vehicles have highly sensitive electrical and chemical components that pose a risk to users, roads and pedestrians if they are lacking proper quality checks. “Obviously, the availability of an accredited agent within the UAE will minimise these potential risks,” said Al Ali.

RTA is holding training courses in collaboration with accredited auto agents in the UAE, for vehicle examiners, with the aim of familiarising them with the testing standards of electric and hygiene vehicles.

They have also recently held a workshop involving the participation of 66 individuals representing auto manufacturers, accredited testing centres in Dubai, and consultant companies in the UAE. The event aimed to review these standards and share knowledge, expertise and concepts. It also raised the public awareness and explained the future responsibilities of each party to ensure developing a successful plan.