Segway rider guilty of travelling on pavement

An unemployed factory worker today became the first person in the UK to be convicted of riding a Segway on a pavement.

Phillip Coates's prosecution has been seen as a test case by users of the distinctive two-wheeled personal transporters.

But District Judge Michael Rosenberg ruled at Barnsley Magistrates' Court that the Segway is a motor vehicle under the meaning of the law and, therefore, it is an offence to ride one on the pavement.

Coates, 51, of Park Avenue, Cudworth, South Yorkshire, was fined 75, and ordered to pay 250 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

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