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Don’t Ride a Self-Balancing Scooter in the UK, It’s Illegal

You park your car somewhere nice and safe, but the problem is you’re a couple of miles away from the destination. That’s why they call these two-wheel vehicles the last-mile commuter. The smaller it gets, the better. The bigger its range, the faster you’ll buy one. You’ve probably been ignoring them, but you’ll want to know it’s one of the fastest growing markets out there.
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Formally, they often call them “Two Wheels Smart Self Balancing Scooters Drifting Board Electric.” At least they do so in China, where most of these contraptions come from. We have previously mentioned that the majority of these toys come from that part, even though you may have seen them wearing all sorts of names and brands in the US.

The way they work relates to how well their self-balancing system works, and, as mentioned above, on for how long their battery lasts. Your feet control both direction and speed.

So far, there’s nothing unusual about it. The thing is, every since rappers and fashionistas have started fooling around with them and posting videos on Instagram, fans all over the world have started buying one themselves.

One thing led to another, and the next thing you know the two-wheel e-scooters are everywhere. At least that seems to be the case in the UK, considering the Metropolitan Police have recently tweeted that they’ve updated the guidance from the UK Crown Prosecution Service. Initially released in 2011 banning the use of Segways both on roads and sidewalks, the Police has added the type of scooter in question.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, vehicles must be approved via ECWVTA or MSVA to be licensed and registered. Therefore, self-balancing scooters would not currently meet the requirements of these schemes. So yes, these puppies are not legal for road use, so you’d better watch out.


 
 
 
 
 

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