RTA has established explicit guidelines for unaccompanied children using various public transportation options.
One of the safest places in the world is the United Arab Emirates and Dubai in particular. Many parents have no problem using public transportation to take their children to school or extracurricular activities. If you used the subway early in the morning or around 2:00 pm, you may have encountered boys and girls going to or returning from school wearing their uniforms, carrying bags and talking.
There is no need to worry if you have ever wondered if this is safe or legal; Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA) has very explicit policies regarding children riding the bus or subway.
Depending on age, the RTA has the following laws regarding unaccompanied children traveling on public transportation or subways:
- It is recommended that children under eight years old only travel on public transport with adults.
- With the exception of intercity buses, children between 8 and 11 years old can travel alone on public transport, but must have their parents’ consent.
- Children aged 12 and over can travel alone on public transport without the presence of an adult.
In addition to being convenient and safe forms of transportation, the bus and subway can be more affordable for students when using the nol card. Children can travel for less with this card.
News Source: Khaleej Times