On Monday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai launched the e-scooter trial process in five regions. In five zones: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Internet City, 2nd December St, Al Rigga and Jumeirah Lake Towers, the pay-as-you-use e-scooters are being checked.
Any of the areas where the rental facilities were set up were visited by us. Residents and visitors were spotted studying and checking out the scooters. Attached to the bikes’ handlebars were small pouches with plastic hand gloves.
Noufal KM, a resident of Deira, said:
“I work in Bur Juman and live in Deira. I use the Dubai Metro to travel to work every day. I have never used an e-scooter before, but it is something I would definitely use, as my home is one-and-a-half kilometre away from the Metro station. The e-scooter would be handy for this short commute.”
Anass Radi, a Moroccan national, owns an e-scooter himself.
“I live down the road from the Metro station in Deira. My house is at the end of Rigga Street. It is very convenient. One charge lasts me a distance of 14km. Since I use my own scooter, I wouldn’t use the RTA ones, unless during an emergency, but I would definitely recommend it for those seeking convenience during a short commute.”
The electric scooters can be rented via mobile apps and cost Dh3 to unlock and 50 to 60 fils for each minute thereafter. Riders are expected to be aged 14 and over.
They need to tap their devices to a QR Code stuck on the two-wheelers to start their ride once users have registered and discovered their e-scooter. At the end of their trip, commuters have to tap out. In order to stop the meter on the smartphone, riders will have to park the scooter in the correct location. When parking, the payment is prompted by the users.
Several scooters come with in-built speakers that send warning messages without registering or tapping on them to those who attempt to use them.
For a five minute journey, it would take approximately Dh6. The payment is done via the app, which is related to the credit or debit cards of the riders.
Similar to ride-hailing applications, using GPS technology, users can locate an e-scooter nearest to them.
To put in simple steps:
Step 1: Download the app. Five companies are operating the scooters in Dubai
Step 2: Locate the scooter using the app
Step 3: Scan QR code/Tap and go
Step 4: Park neatly at your destination to stop the meter