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ROP discusses regulations for electric scooters

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MUSCAT: The Royal Oman Police's (ROP) traffic department on Tuesday discussed the use of electric scooters in the Sultanate of Oman.

Brigadier General Engineer Mohammed bin Awad al Rawas, Director General of Traffic, met with representatives of various government agencies and discussed the popularity of using electric scooters on main roads, residential and other public places.

The meeting studied regulations for the use of scooters in some countries in the region and some European countries, aimed at coming up with proposals to regulate and ensure their safe use.

It may be noted that in the GCC cities, including Oman, e-scooters are being increasingly used by a section of the expatriate and citizens as they are easy to use, store, and purchase, and have comparatively fewer regulatory requirements.

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An electric scooter is a plug-in electric vehicle powered by electric power or a combination of batteries.

Apart from being privately owned, in several cities across the world, e-scooters are also available for rent as part of the local government’s smart mobility initiatives to restrict the use of fossil-powered vehicles on short distances.

Earlier speaking to the Observer, a Filipino expatriate, said that he uses the e-scooter to move from his home to his workplace at a leading mall in the city.

According to sources in the ROP, e-scooters are not allowed on roads at all times, but they can be used on pavements and sidewalks without causing inconvenience or risks to pedestrians.

In Oman, e-scooters are available online in the price range of RO 150 and RO 250.

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