Segway/swegway boards - illegal on the roads and pavements

12 October 2015

swegway Sweg boards, or self balancing scooters, or segways, or any number of other names as no-one can seem to agree on what they're called, are all set to be a smash this Christmas.

Now, there's been a problem with the off-board chargers (which you should know about), but there's also a problem of them being illegal on the road. Of course, most people will want to mess around on these, on car parks or in the back yard or whatever, but the police aren't keen on them.

They say: "Personal transporters, such as the Segway Personal Transporter are powered by electricity and transport a passenger standing on a platform propelled on two or more wheels. They are capable of speeds up to 12 mph. Under current legislation, the Department for Transport considers Segway Personal Transporters as motor vehicles, subject to road traffic laws."

"The Department for Transports view is that the Segway Personal Transporter is a motor vehicle. The Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA) states that every mechanically propelled vehicle used or kept on a public road should be registered and licensed. As self-balancing scooters are mechanically propelled they require registration and a vehicle registration licence (tax disc). Additionally, the user would need a driving licence and motor insurance. Other legal requirements relate to construction and use, and to lighting."

How about that?

If you have a swegboard and want to use it on the pavement outside your house, that's also not on. The CPS say: "It is an offence under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 to ride or drive a vehicle on the pavement. It is only an offence under this Act in England and Wales. In Scotland it is an offence under section 129(5) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984."

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

So there you have it. If you care about the law (you might not), this could change your decision to buy one of these things for someone at Christmas or what have you. It might not. You might be a massive rebel. Either way, now you know.

TOPICS:   Travel   Motoring


  • Warwick H.
    In Sunny Beach they use Moto Tec electric powered trikes but naturally they are banned here.
  • Asif K.
    They should put a stop on the kids electric cars than and mobility scooters.
  • Amanda
    It's amazing how nothing was ever said about the motorised scooters that children were running around on a few years ago and they were on the pavement and the roads in playgrounds etc so what is the difference between the two that makes one ok but not the other. This is just beauracracy at its worst. Nothing like making people's lives so hard especially when kids are involved
  • robert
    why are oap's allowed mobility scooters then.Also why are razor electric scooters ok, what harm can a swegway possibly cause especially if when people buy them they make sure it has a remote to stop it what harm can it cause.
  • daanish
    this is bull shit
  • Lord S.
    You fired everyone in your team, Mof?
  • person
    Well this is stipid
  • Katie
    Welp dis is stupid
  • Saleena G.
    I am so rich that I have 3 of them but if I have them licensed would I be able to ride them on the road.
  • Kerry J.
    This is totally crazy it just shows what are country is turning in to soon xmas will be banned takes the piss big time my two boys are gutted :(
  • Grammar P.
    This is obviously a cunning government plan to reduce unemployment and generate funds for their coffers. This will be the most popular present this Christmas. Hordes of people will take to the pavements, roads and cycle paths. Police are facing cutbacks so won't be able to get involved. All the people on benefits will be given jobs as traffic wardens to stem this flood of rampant law breaking and probably issued with swegways to catch the offenders. Laws will be changed to make it legal to ride one anywhere as long as you're in uniform.
  • kelsey
    Its amazing how to ride on the roads you have to pay tax for swegways (I-HAWK) and there for they are not classed as a car there a motorised scooter but when there on the pavement there classed a a car not a scooter? People could argue to say it isn't classed as a car in this situation its a scooter but why wouldn't a scooter be slowed on a pavement it stupid!
  • Kai
    So what they are saying is a 500 watt dirt bike is classed as a bicycle bare in mind it can go up to 16 mph.

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