The season's must-have popular accessory have been ruled a powered vehicle and they are illegal to ride on the pavement under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835.
According to new guidelines, the popular gadget counts as scooters are also illegal to ride on the road because they don’t meet the requirements to be registered under either the European or British schemes for road-legal vehicles.
The ban on the self-balancing scooters has not gone down well with Segway enthusiasts as a glut of online petitions popped up hours after a tweet from a volunteer London police officer reiterating that “self-balancing scooters” cannot be ridden on roads or pavements.
Unimpressed British actor and musician Ashley Thomas, better known as Bashy, responded to the news via his Twitter account where he wrote: “They wanna shutdown the segway vibe already? I don't even have one or want one but flipping ell man. They keep trying to control us. SMH.”
Segways are allowed on private property with the permission of the owner and on the advice that the user wears protective clothing.
In Scotland, where the act does not apply, they are still illegal to ride on the pavement under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.