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Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

    Changes to allow limited use of segways

    Sunday, 14 April 2013
    • State Government approves segway tours in WA
    • Change allows limited use of segways on shared paths for tours only
    • Boosts opportunities for WA tourism operators

    Electric personal transporter devices, or segways, will now be allowed on Western Australia’s shared paths, giving WA tourism a boost.

     

    Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced that he had approved regulation amendments enabling the limited use of segways by commercial tour operators within specified areas and under strict conditions.

     

    “As the regulations stand, the use of segways is prohibited on all roads or paths within the State,” he said.

     

    “The amended regulations will allow segways to be used as part of commercial tours between sunrise and sunset. With WA now only the second State or Territory in the country to approve the use of segways for tour operators, this is a great tourism opportunity for the State.”

     

    Mr Buswell said the use of segways would be subject to restrictions.

     

    “Commercial operators will need to seek approval from the local council or authority of the area in which they propose to operate a segway tour, as well as approval from the State Government,” he said.

     

    “The regulations also specify safety requirements, including training and the use of helmets, that must be met in order for approval to be granted. With these safety regulations in place, I am confident the segways will be welcomed by the public.”

     

    Due to safety issues, the amendments do not extend to allow personal use of segways outside the supervised commercial tours.

     

    Co-founder of Apple and Segway enthusiast Steve Wozniak welcomed WA's move to introduce segway tours.

     

    “Segways are a benefit to my life in many aspects,” Mr Wozniak said.

     

    “One of those is that I travel extensively and find segway tours to be the best form of city tour, at least for myself.  On a segway tour you are on the ground, with the advantages of a pedestrian tour, but it's much easier on the segway.”

     

    Mr Wozniak visited Perth last year where he did a restricted segway tour of Kings Park.

     

        Fact File

    • Tour operators will be required to abide by vehicle, driver and safety requirements for approval to be granted

    Minister’s office - 6552 6400