Segway/swegway boards - illegal on the roads and pavements
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.