Dubai: E-Scooter and Bicycle Accidents Claim 4 Lives, Injure 25 This Year

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The Dubai Police Department released disturbing data on e-scooter and bicycle accidents in the first half of 2024, highlighting serious safety issues and the need for enforcement measures.

Dubai Police Reports on Fatalities and Violations

In the first half of 2024, Dubai Police reported that four individuals lost their lives in separate incidents involving e-scooters and bicycles, with an additional 25 injuries recorded. The specifics of these accidents, including when and how they occurred, were not disclosed by the authorities. Alongside these incidents, Dubai Police documented over 7,800 traffic violations during this period and confiscated 4,474 e-scooters and bicycles. On average, this equates to approximately 43 traffic violations and 24 seizures of e-scooters or bicycles daily.

Enforcement and violations

Major-General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, assistant commandant for Operations Affairs, emphasized the pronounced risks associated with e-scooter and bicycle usage, particularly when these vehicles are operated in unauthorized areas or on public roads. He underscored that violations such as riding on roads with speed limits exceeding 60 kmph, reckless riding, carrying passengers on e-scooters, and riding against traffic are subject to fines up to Dh300.

In light of these concerns, Al Ghaithi advised users to adhere strictly to designated lanes, wear suitable attire and helmets for protection, and avoid riding during nighttime or adverse weather conditions. These precautions are aimed at enhancing safety for riders and minimizing the potential for accidents and injuries.

The enforcement measures by Dubai Police reflect a proactive approach to addressing the growing usage of e-scooters and bicycles in urban settings. The confiscations of thousands of these vehicles underscore the authorities' efforts to enforce traffic regulations and promote responsible riding practices among the public.

Al Ghaithi's statements highlight the ongoing efforts to mitigate risks associated with alternative modes of transportation, emphasizing the need for both regulatory compliance and individual responsibility. As the popularity of e-scooters and bicycles continues to rise, ensuring adherence to safety guidelines and designated usage areas remains crucial to safeguarding both riders and pedestrians alike.

The data provided by Dubai Police serves as a reminder of the critical importance of safety measures and regulatory compliance in the use of e-scooters and bicycles within urban environments. By adhering to established rules and adopting responsible riding habits, individuals can contribute to a safer and more secure commuting experience for all road users in Dubai.

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