Segway Driver Prosecuted

Phillip Coates, 51, has become the first person ever to be prosecuted for using a Segway on the pavement.

Mr Coates was on his way to the shops when he was stopped by police and informed that he was breaking the law.

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He said that: “I have been stopped by the police before but they just said they were making inquiries and I never heard anything more from them.”

This time, however, Mr Coates was taken to the police station so he could do an interview and charged with riding a motor vehicle on the pavement under the Highways Act 1835. He later pleaded not guilty at Barnsley Magistrates Court.

Solicitor Victoria Molloy who is representing Mr Coates said the case would challenge the vehicles designation as a motor vehicle.

Currently, Segways are classed as motor vehicles, meaning that they cannot be used on the pavement, but it is still illegal to use them on the road, so it is the government advises that they can only be used on private land.

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About Seán Ward

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One Response to Segway Driver Prosecuted

  1. Coops says:

    This is why they have not been popular in this country – the government has effectively killed the segway by limiting it to private land use. So much for promoting alternate means of transport. Perhaps the new coalition will see more sense in it?

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