Self-balancing Scooters Banned on Dutch roads;Segways remain legal

Using a self-balancing scooter, commonly referred to as “hoverboard” , is illegal on Dutch pavements, public roads and cycle paths, according to The Dutch Vehicle Regulations, part of the Road Traffic Act 1994.

“These are motorised two-wheelers, and should have the same European certification as a light moped,” a ministry spokesman said. “But they don’t have a seat so there is no question of them qualifying, unless they do it as a special type.” added ministry official.

ALMERE, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 29: Dutch Princess Maxima wheels around on a battery-powered 'electronic pedestrian' called Segway during the traditional Queens Day celebratons on April 29, 2006 in Almere, The Netherlands. Queen Beatrix and several members of the royal family watched games and performaces and took time to meet the crowd. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

ALMERE, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 29: Dutch Princess Maxima wheels around on a battery-powered ‘electronic pedestrian’ called Segway during the traditional Queens Day celebratons on April 29, 2006 in Almere, The Netherlands. Queen Beatrix and several members of the royal family watched games and performaces and took time to meet the crowd. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

However, Segways (by Segway Inc.), which were once banned under the very same legislation, are now legally allowed, as a special type of moped.

“The general use of the Segway is allowed on bicycle paths and roads under the condition that a maximum speed of 25 km per hour will be kept to,” the Dutch government said.

The Dutch authorities said all Segway users must be 16 or older and must be insured.

Here is the full list of special traffic regulations for Segway transporters:

  • You do not need a license;
  • You need to apply for registration;
  • You have to wear a helmet;
  • You should keep, as much as possible, to the right;
  • You must insure the vehicle (Segway);
  • The vehicle bust be insured and have a valid vehicle identification number;
  • The speed limit is 25 kilometers per hour;
  • Lighting at night and in poor visibility required. This may be loose bulbs.
  • The vehicle must always have red and white / yellow reflectors;
  • If a (motor) bike path exists, you have to drive on it;

for more information, please visit official Dutch Vehicle Regulations site:

https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/brommer/vraag-en-antwoord/welke-regels-gelden-er-voor-een-segway

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