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Today the Council of States approved law changes providing significant facilitation of traffic for the Segway PT. Electric small motorbikes up to 20 km/h shall be equated with motor-assisted bicycles or E-Bikes concerning traffic rules and requirements for the drivers.
The facilities see the following main changes:
Segway Personal Transporter (PT) remains classified as a small
motorbike. Therefore there will be no changes made concerning the
regulation and legal obligation to insure the vehicles. The amendments
are currently drawn up by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO).
The changes decided by the Traffic Commission of the Council of States in June 2012 were approved by the Federal Council last December and by the National Council in spring . After the six-month formal consultation the facilitation will become effective in 2014.
We have finally
achieved our objective after campaigning for facilitation of traffic for
almost five years. Urban or rural safe and appropriate traffic routes
as well as bicycle parking facilities may now be used and young
individuals are allowed to control the Segway PT!