Abu Dhabi: E-scooter riders must wear protective gear, police warn

The guidelines were recently communicated to scooter riders as part of a new awareness campaign to keep scooter riders and other road users safe.

Brigadier General Mohammed Dhahi Al Hamiri, director of Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrol Directorate, said scooter riders must follow all safety guidelines regarding the safe use of scooters electrical.

As part of the campaign, traffic officers contacted scooter riders and shared awareness videos with them. They also gave out free helmets to some riders to promote safe scooter use.

Here are all the guidelines put forward by the Abu Dhabi Police for driver safety:

— Wear the appropriate protective equipment, including helmets and knee pads. At night, it is strongly recommended to wear reflective clothing, so that drivers are visible to other road users.

— Give priority to car traffic at intersections.

— Reduce speed around pedestrians.

— Maintain a sufficient safety distance from other bicycles, scooters and pedestrians.

— Ride only on designated trails and avoid spaces and areas intended for vehicle traffic.

— Never hook onto other vehicles or trailers while riding a scooter as this is strictly prohibited.

— Do not drive against the direction of traffic.

— Do not attach electric scooters to lampposts or traffic signs; instead, park them in designated spaces so as not to obstruct traffic.

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