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Motor-scooters a growing craze

posted on 02/06/2003: 4011 views

The latest craze to hit the UAE is the motor-scooter. Many people who are too lazy to pedal a bicycle are buying one. The temptation to go in for one are many, for they are considered cost-effective, low on pollution, easy to maintain and quite funky. They help to beat heavy traffic and are safe and easy to recharge. Some models come with a price tag of less than Dh500.

These vehicles are apparently being used without licenses from the Traffic Department. Gulf News spoke to Brigadier Abdul Rahman Rafie, Director of the Dubai Traffic Department, who said nobody has approached them so far to register the scooters.

However, he felt that these two-wheelers do not need to be licensed since they do not meet the requirements. They travel at speeds under 35kph, which is below the regulation speed for motorbikes. Also their small size and the fact that users cannot travel long distances on them make them unlikely candidates for licensing. "I think these vehicles are closer to a bicycle than a motorbike from the regulation point of view", he said.

Brig Al Rafie said that he has noticed that the scooters are immensely popular with traders in the Deira area. It is easier to run errands on these two-wheelers as the lanes there are very narrow. Also, they allow users to avoid traffic snarls. Many of these scooters are electric, using batteries which are easy to recharge. Some of the batteries take only two to six hours to recharge and can be detached from the scooter and plugged into the wall.

Brig Al Rafie advised users to follow a few simple safety rules to avoid injuries when using the scooters. He urged them to learn how to handle the scooters and educate themselves on basic traffic skills. He advised them not to make sudden, unexpected manoeuvres and to always wear a helmet. He also said that those who use the scooters at night should get a good headlight and a taillight and/or a large rear reflector. (The Gulf News)


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