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January 19, 2011

Segway not allowed on UK pavements

by Darren Allan

The Segway has been banned from UK pavements and indeed roads.

Although you’d think it would be banned by default, due to the fact that no one is actually brave enough to pootle around on one in public. A bit like the old (and indeed new redesigned) Sinclair C5.

However, Phil Coates was daring enough to use a Segway in the UK, and as a result became the focus of a court case which ended up banning the electric form of transport from British pavements.

A judge ruled that the two-wheeled personal transporter was in fact a motor vehicle, so it couldn’t be ridden on the pavement. But it’s already banned from the road by UK law, leaving nowhere for the self-balancing electric vehicle to go.

Except for being used on private land, of course, where you can knock yourself out with it. Probably after hitting a rock and going flying.

Mr Coates was fined £75 for riding his Segway on the pavement, and also had to stump up £250 in costs.

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  1. How daft can you get when every man and his dog drive their motor cars, bicycles, lorries, vans, motorcycles etc, willy nilly on the footpath?

    Comment by Mike — January 19, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  2. I would of thought that the use of invalid scooters would be more dangerous esp since they have 3 or 4 wheels and are driving by people who are not the quickest in mind and or body!
    how many times have u had to get out the way of a invalid buggy or had your foot run over by 1.

    Comment by Paul Grant — January 19, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  3. So how is this classified as a motor vehicle and banned. Yet mobility scooters are allowed????????

    Comment by Dean — January 19, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

  4. Obviously the government doesn’t want to promote the usage of alternate transport.

    They’d much rather us use our cars to go everywhere, and then screw us over as much as they can with the petrol prices.

    Can’t see though why a Segway should be banned and yet mobility scooters are allowed.

    Comment by Darren — January 19, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  5. Imagine the reduction in pollution if this was allowed…but then again, nothing sensible/fun seems to be legal in England.

    Comment by Pieter — January 19, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

  6. It is just an absurd prejudice, so why the Police are allowed to ride it?! Just like the HPV jabs that they left out boys…

    Comment by Deuce — January 19, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  7. Its a ridiculous idea anyway. However, banning it is meaningless. I thought it was more because of a 300 year old law from what I heard on BBC R4.

    Comment by Shadow — January 20, 2011 @ 2:08 am

  8. And what about mobility scooters?

    Comment by dbase — May 16, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

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