Simon Corbell has announced he’s granting a special exemption to make the shores of Lake Burley Griffin a Segway mecca.
“Following the recent establishment of a Segway hire business, and its subsequent closure last month, I requested a review of Segway use in the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.
“As a thorough review will take some time to complete, I have granted a limited exemption from the road transport legislation to enable Segways to be used as long as certain conditions are met.”
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Mr Corbell said he was pleased to be in a position to grant an exemption for the use of Segways in Lake Burley Griffin, coinciding with high visitor numbers to the area for Floriade over the coming month.
A number of business operators have approached the ACT Government in relation to the operation of Segway hire businesses in the ACT.
“The main consideration in allowing Segways to operate in the ACT relates to the safety of Canberrans and visitors. These operators obviously must have appropriate insurance coverage and take every step necessary to ensure that pedestrians, as well as people who use Segways, remain safe,” Mr Corbell said.
The exemption started on Saturday 17th September and will remain in place until 30 June 2012. The exemption will not be extended if the review of Segway use concludes that its use should not be continued.
While we’re granting exemptions why not let electric bicycles join the rest of the world with the power limit lifted?
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