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Segways cannot be ridden legally on roads or pavements in Britain following a judge's ruling in a test case.

District Judge Michael Rosenberg decided that the distinctive two-wheeled machines are motor vehicles and so fined Phillip Coates £75 for riding one on the pavement.
Way to pave the future Britain
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http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/19012011/74...-fined-75.html
Edited by BlackMoth.Ver1 - 1/19/11 at 5:58pm
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Good call. I don't think I can call a businessman hardworking if they "rushed" to work on one of these.

They weren't any safer on mountainsides, either...
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I've still never seen someone ride a Segway in person. Maybe it's just a big city thing.

As for the article, I get annoyed seeing bikers and skateboarders on sidewalks. Segways should be on street too.
Edited by velocd - 1/19/11 at 6:04pm
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I'd call that pavement WIN! But I do however see why they did it.
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Won't this seriously put a hurt on the Segway brand and disabled peoples?

I'm amazed the judge just did not consider either.

Also, if it's only private ground on which Segways are allowed, doesn't that mean Mr Coates would not have the option of riding his Segway on a sidewalk in the future?
    
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post #6 of 63
The ruling must be a part of the Big Society scheme.
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It's always been illegal to run Segways on public roads.

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"I have a self-balancing scooter and I want to ride in on the public road, is it legal for road use?"
No. Vehicles must be approved via ECWVTA or MSVA in order to be licensed and registered. Self-balancing scooters would not currently meet the requirements of these schemes so are not legal for road use.

"I have been riding a self-balancing scooter on the public footway (pavement) outside my house, have I committed an offence?"
Yes. It is an offence under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 to ride or drive a vehicle on the pavement.

"Where can I ride a self-balancing scooter?"
You can only ride an unregistered self-balancing scooter on land which is private property and with the landowner's permission. The Department would advise that appropriate safety clothing should be worn at all times.

"I have seen people using electric bicycles on the road without registration. Why are they permitted but a self-balancing scooter is not?
Bicycles are covered by different rules to those applying to self balancing scooters. Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles must meet the requirements of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983. Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles that conform to these regulations are considered to be pedal cycles and as such are allowed to use cycle facilities such as cycle lanes on the road and cycle tracks away from the road which other powered vehicles are prohibited from using. A self-balancing scooter does not meet these requirements as it cannot be pedalled.
That guy is a moron for actually buying a Segway in the UK.

or just buying a Segway in general.
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post #8 of 63
Segays are lame anyways. Who cares is what I wanna know.
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post #9 of 63
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Originally Posted by velocd View Post
I've still never seen someone ride a Segway in person. Maybe it's just a big city thing.

As for the article, I get annoyed seeing bikers and skateboarders on sidewalks. Segways should be on street too.
Adults on bikes in busy areas, I hate it especially when I'm driving. In the neighborhood, np. Same applies to skateboards.
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I've always disagreed with the sidewalk rule when it comes to bikes and Segay's. Main reason is because the majority of bike accidents happen as a result of car doors. I think I'd take my bike out more if this were changed.

Not to mention the fear some people have when passing a bike. I'm assuming Segay's have this same problem?
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