Over the past few months, you may have noticed the new, trendy way of transportation; the Swegway. The two wheeled, Segway without handles but lights up have been taking the streets of the UK and Portsmouth by storm, with everyone from Eskimo 11 promoters, to baller uni students, to rich 11 year-olds seen rolling down the street in them. Although unfortunately for them, and to you if you’re rich enough to own one, that’ll be no more. The Metropolitan Police Specials Twitter announced today that they are actually illegal.
— MPS Specials (@MPSSpecials) October 11, 2015
According to the MET and section 72 of the Highway Act 1835, it is a criminal offence to drive a motorised vehicle on pavements. It just so happens that, just like the Segway, the Swegway is also a motorised vehicle and as such, also applies to this law.
This will come as bitter news to those who have paid upwards of £300 to own a Swegway and hasn’t been mugged off it yet. While it is still legal to own one and ride it on private property, they will now no longer be able to ride it down the street. Which kinda defeats the point of owning one.
Sorry to break the news to you, but look on the bright side. There’s always bicycles. They’re faster too.