DfT publish guidance on the use of Segway’s and other Powered transporters

DfT publish guidance on the use of Segway’s and other Powered transporters

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First Published in 2015  the Department for Transport have updated their advice on the use of Powered transporters

The information provides guidance to help retailers, manufacturers, importers and dealers understand the law on novel lightweight transport devices used to transport a single person (powered transporters).

Powered transporters include a variety of novel personal transport devices, such as:

  • Segway
  • Swegways
  • hoverboards
  • U-wheels
  • powered mini scooters (go-peds)
  • powered unicycles.

Key points

“Powered transporters” is a term used to cover a variety of novel and emerging personal transport devices which are powered by a motor, including e-scooters.

Given how powered transporters are motorised and designed, they fall within the legal definition of a “motor vehicle”. Therefore, the laws that apply to motor vehicles apply to powered transporters.

It is illegal to use a powered transporter on a public road without complying with a number of legal requirements, which potential users will find very difficult.

It is illegal to use a powered transporter in spaces which are set aside for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders. This includes on the pavement and in cycle lanes.

Any person who uses a powered transporter on a public road or other prohibited space in breach of the law is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted.

It is legal to use a powered transporter on private land with the permission of the land owner.

The guidance includes answers to these questions:

  • What are powered transporters?
  • What law applies to the use of powered transporters?
  • Where can a powered transporter be used legally?
  • Can I manufacture powered transporters?
  • Can I sell or hire powered transporters?
  • Can I be prosecuted for using a powered transporter?
  • How have the courts applied the law to powered transporters?

Read the DfT Guidance regarding Powered transporters here