Hiring an electric scooter is now legal in Abu Dhabi

Companies will be allowed to set up on the Corniche and Khalifa Street

Hiring an electric scooter is now legal in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has passed a law allowing companies to rent out electric scooters.

A pilot scheme lasting up to 12 months will be held on the Corniche and Sheikh Khalifa Street, where the scooters will be allowed on pavements and cycle lanes. They will go at a maximum of 20kph.

The Integrated Transport Centre ITC) announced firms can now apply for a certificate and business licence to set up rental services.

No prices have been discussed yet.

A statement from the ITC says: "E-scooters are considered an efficient, environmentally friendly means of transport for daily commutes and will link different public bus stations to main destinations like shopping malls, facilities and residential areas.

"The implementation of this service follows ITC’s endeavour to reduce the traffic congestion and maintain a safe environment that will boost the quality of life in the emirate. This can be achieved by offering variety of alternative modes of transport."

It comes after rental companies offering electric scooters were banned in Dubai due to concerns for people's safety.

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