Screengrab of public awareness video explaining safe way to ride e-scooters in Sharjah Image Credit: Supplied

Sharjah: Children above 14 years are allowed to ride e-scooters in designated lanes in Sharjah while following safety rules such as wearing a helmet, officials have explained in a new public awareness video.

The Child Safety Department (CSD), an affiliate of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, has collaborated with Sharjah Police to launch a public awareness video on its social media platforms highlighting the importance of adhering to electric bicycles’ (e-scooters) safety guidelines.

Rules for e-scooters

CSD said, in cooperation with Sharjah Police, the department reaffirms the importance of wearing a helmet and using designated lanes for e-scooters. The video highlights that children above the age of 14 are allowed to ride e-scooters. Also, it demonstrates the importance of wearing protective gear and making sure to switch on the front and rear lights. Riders should maintain a safe distance from other riders and pedestrians, and park only at designated places when available. Reckless driving is prohibited by the law, the video warns.

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The video urges parents to monitor their children and ensure they are aware of the safety guidelines about e-scooters. Most e-scooter accidents that involve children are categorised as “run-over accidents”, which usually occur due to riding in public roads designated for cars, the video says.