The end of the Segway in the UK?

A judge in the UK has ruled that the Segway, a two-wheeled machine introduced in 2001, cannot be ridden on the pavement as it is a motor vehicle under Section 72 of the Highways Act 1835.

However, under the current law, it cannot be used on the road either, as it does not comply with road traffic laws. Therefore, for the time being at least, the Segway can only be ridden on private land.

In what is seen as a test case, District Judge Michael Rosenberg ruled that the machine was indeed a motor vehicle, fining Philip Coates £75 for riding one on the pavement.

The Segway is advertised as quick (up to 12 mph), environmentally friendly and easy to balance on thanks to gyroscopic technology (although George W Bush managed to fall off one).

Numerous countries throughout the world allow Segways, often favoured by those with disabilities, but they do have different regulations. Some are a free-for-all, others class them as mopeds with the need for a number plate etc, some only allow them in certain areas. Segway rules around the world.

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