It looks like those serious about motoring around on their Segway
might have to start crossing international boundaries in order to do so legally, as the Netherlands have now joined Japan
in the growing list of countries which have outlawed the oft ridiculed (and potentially dangerous
) personal vehicles. Dutch police
have officially enjoined Segways "on all public roads, sidewalks, and bike paths," claiming that the lack of an onboard braking system prevents it from being categorized as a "vehicle" by the Royal Traffic Agency, which bars it from receiving a license plate and becoming a street-legal ride. Although a spokesman from the RTA actually commented that the Segway was "a nice vehicle
," using the machines on public property is no longer permissible, but it was said that it could take some time before regulations are actually passed down and "enforced." Segway Netherlands director Piet Kruijt was (unsurprisingly) upset by the ruling, and claimed that he was "working on all fronts to get things resolved," and for nothing more than our sincere concern for the Amsterdam
Segway Tours (saywha?) employees that are hoping to have work come March, we hope he's successful.
[Via The Raw Feed