Safety steps allow green light for Segways

Published Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 at 04:45 AM

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Scott Emerson

Segway safety measures have been finalised ahead of their legalisation in Queensland next month.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the safety laws, which were introduced following feedback from safety experts, would apply to users from 1 August.

“From next month people will be able to use Segways on Queensland footpaths and bicycle paths, but I want to ensure this is done safely,” Mr Emerson said.

“While they are similar to bicycles in many respects, we are taking a safety-first approach to their introduction in Queensland.

“Segways in Queensland will have a speed limit of 12km/h, similar to other areas in Australia and overseas.

“They must also have lights and reflectors – similar to those used on bicycles – when riding at night or in poor weather.

“Like bicycles, they must have a bell or similar warning device in working order and use of mobile phones will also be banned while using a Segway.”

Segways will be restricted to footpaths, bike paths and only be able to travel on a road at a normal crossing point.

Mr Emerson said users must be at least 12 years old and wear an approved bicycle helmet.

“These restrictions are tougher than many European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, and the majority of American states,” he said.

“I’m satisfied we have struck a balance between safety and giving people more choice about how they get around.

“Our decision to allow Segways in Queensland will open up commercial opportunities for operators to hire them out in popular tourist spots.

“They’re already used in other parts of the country for guided tours, but Queensland will be the first state to allow their wider use.”

Segways will not be subject to registration requirements. 

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