Dubai e-bikers must have a license, should PH follow?

Electric bikes, trikes and scooters have become one of the fastest growing modes of transportation here in the country, thanks in large part to pandemic-induced public transport limitations and endlessly rising transportation costs. fuel.

Unfortunately, the popularity of these electric personal mobility devices (PMDs) has also, in a way, led to the proliferation of drivers who disregard even the most basic traffic rules.

There are those who disregard a traffic light or a sign, while others, who are mostly middle-aged women, ride their electric trikes in the middle of the freeway at 10 km/h – thereby putting themselves in danger on the road. Well, we can’t really blame them because they currently aren’t required to have a driver’s license, let alone take a Land Transportation Office (LTO) driving seminar, and may have no idea our traffic laws and regulations.

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), things are a bit different if you drive an electric PMD.

Just recently, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, issued Executive Council Resolution No. (13), Series of 2022, effectively regulating the use of bicycles and electric bikes and scooters in Dubai.

According to Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), “The resolution is aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and First Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to raise living standards and promote sustainability in the emirate.The resolution is also part of directives from the Crown Prince of Dubai to introduce laws and regulations as well as measures to Strict safety and security to ensure riders traveling through the city can ride worry-free.

In a nutshell, Dubai RTA will issue PMD drivers with a driver’s license in accordance with the regulations issued by the RTA’s Managing Director, Chairman of the Board.

The RTA is also responsible for developing specifications for the use of bicycles in Dubai and defining group bicycle training requirements, in coordination with the Dubai Police and relevant government entities, including Free Zones and special development zones, including the Dubai International Financial Centre.

The resolution also adds that PMDs must be equipped with a white headlight and a red taillight at the rear. A bell is also expected to be installed on the handlebars of the PMD to warn pedestrians who may be walking on designated cycle paths through Dubai. In addition, these PMDs cannot be driven on roads with speed limits of more than 60 km/h, or on places designated as jogging or walking tracks. The resolution also allows minors 12 and under to ride bicycles, provided they are accompanied by an adult, while electric PMD riders must be at least 16 years old and must have a license to ride a bicycle. electricity from the RTA. .

Do you think it is also time for the Philippines to regulate the use of these PMDs for everyone’s safety?

Milton S. Rodgers