Keep Your Stupid Balance Scooter in the Kitchen -- They're Illegal on UK Roads and Pavements

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Crown Prosecution Service has updated its road traffic offences guidelines to make reference to the bizarre Chinese Segway knock-off trend that's storming the world. And it's not good news for children hoping for one for Christmas -- they're illegal. On roads. And pavements.

That's because the likes of the PhunkeeDuck and IO Hawk are powered vehicles, and all powered vehicles have to be certified and approved and registered and licensed and all that fuss, so anyone currently ironically commuting between East London boroughs on one of the many rebranded Chinese scooter clones could well find themselves being questioned by traffic police.

The CPS guidelines specifically say it's considered an offense to ride on on the pavement, outside your house too, explaining: "It is an offence under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 to ride or drive a vehicle on the pavement. It is only an offence under this Act in England and Wales. In Scotland it is an offence under section 129(5) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984."

That leaves the door wide open for Northern Ireland to become the micro-scooter capital of the UK.

Those complaining that electric bikes are freely rideable everywhere are also addressed by the CPS, which explains: "Bicycles are covered by different rules to those applying to self balancing scooters. Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles must meet the requirements of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983. Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles that conform to these regulations are considered to be pedal cycles and as such are allowed to use cycle facilities such as cycle lanes on the road and cycle tracks away from the road which other powered vehicles are prohibited from using." [CPS via Guardian]