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  1. EWheels are not illegal in the UK. If you read the law mentioned above (1835 Highways act section 75) which is available on the UK Governments Law gateway, you would see the law, firstly, only applies to pedestrian areas which run alongside designated highways (ie: pavements). This law prohibits the tying of your donkey, grazing of sheep, riding a truck or sled and carriages of any description. Thus, the following things are also illegal on pavements in the UK, parking your car or pushing a baby carriage. It should be noted that these offences are dealt with by the police not the local municipal officers (traffic wardens), which is why so many criminal drivers get away with parking their cars half on the road, half on the pavement, on double yellow lines, as if, some how, in this way they are avoiding a parking fine, when they are in fact committing 4 offences 2 of which are criminal offences (obstruction of the highway, obstruction of the pavement (aka 1835 highways act). On the highway the situation is more complex. First under UK law you are entitled to drive your lawn mower or wheelbarrow from field to field. An eWheel is arguably a wheelbarrow, (it only has 1 wheel so its not a scooter). The hover boards and segways have 2 wheels, and though these wheels are in parallel, the law does not distinguish between parallel and serial wheel positioning. As hoverboards have 2 wheels they are classified as scooters and therefore require a vehicle licence (ie: MOT certificate), which the DOT wil not issue as they claim they have nothing to compare it too (ie: no test results to give a pass or fail on). This is where the Sinclare C5 got screwed, yes road legal, but you couldn't get a vehicle licence for them. The points are however all moot, as EU has made EU's legal since Jan 2016, and last time I looked the UK was in the EU. While there is a possibility this may change, EU0542 is unlikely to be revoked by UL legislators for many years (if ever) as these matters are clearly of no significance whatsoever the to Government. Vis bicycles, these are recognised under British law as a class of vehicle in their own right, (since 1750 ish) and therefore have their own laws and prohibitions (Which is what distinguishes an electric bike from a scooter), the motor power of the bike being the significant factor (despite motor power being entirely irrelevant to safety). If you hold a full or provisional UK Vehicle operator's licence (A driving licence) then under section K which covers wheelbarrows, you are licensed and wheelbarrows (pedestrian operated vehicles) do not require a vehicle licence or road fund tax. (Another source of public misconception) there is no such ting as road tax, all tax payers contribute to the maintenance of roads primarily through local council tax, road fund licence is not ring fenced for roads it goes into the general tax pot, and therefore makes no more contribution than alcohol or tobacco tax.
  2. lucsan

    IPS132 Review

    I am now the proud owner of an IPS 132. While there is no single great difference between this and the IPS i200, it is an improved model all round. Boot-up time improved from 2 sec to 0.2 sec, 2" larger wheel, slightly more powerful motor, all add up to an improved riding experience as mentioned by the reviewers above. One provisio, the 'braking' down hill or otherwise, as there is no brake on the machines, velocity reduction is caused by retarding the motor speed, it does feel a little 'soggy' and you feel you need to lean back further to keep the speed retarded, I suspect this is about the reduction of mass at speed (ie: the rider and machine), with the improved software giving a smoother ride, this is likely to feel soggy on braking as this to is now smoother. Perhaps the devs can make retardation more 'violent' (ie: responsive) than acceleration in future software. As to pedal height and size, I found the footplate to be fine (I'm EU 42 shoe size) and the height is fine, I have never scrapped the footplate on the ground, guess I'm just not daring enough on the corners and take note of the tire, which warns against skidding.
  3. Don't know if these are the cheapest, but http://www.wheelgo.com/ is a UK distributor based in London. Jason is an active member of several electric wheel forums. While you can undoubtedly get cheaper wheels direct form Hong Kong and Hangzhou it will cost you over 150£ to return a faulty unit, you can post a unit to London from anywhere in the UK for around 20£. At the time of writing he stocks the ips132 (F400) and the Ninebot Elite.
  4. @Gimlet, Note sections i & j of same (i) self-balancing machines; (j) vehicles not equipped with at least one seating position. Article 1 anex 4 relating to the definition of such vehicles is not so specific vis the number of wheels. None the less it is clear that under EU law from 2016 cogies/gyrowheels will not require a vehicle licence nor will they be classified as motor vehicles. You should still be aware that your local municipality or prefecture may legislate against their use in certain areas or under certain conditions.
  5. I feel I should address ar6ee's remarks vis wheelbarrows. By definition a better legal defense is more true than a poorer legal defense. What is the truth? Which truth is the truest? and most importantly, do you want to be able to ride your gyrowheel around your local town or prefecture? In this case, your legal position, the 'Truth' is defined by the law and its interpretation in spirit and in practice. This is not a debate about the philosophical nature of wheel barrow (for example some have 2 wheels), all that is necessary, under law, is to show that the vehicle is classifiable as a wheelbarrow. PS. Google is neither the truth or the law, it is a search engine for facilitating the extraction of documents from the world wide web. The documents contain information, however this information is is disparate, ie: some is 'true', some is made up, some is misleading either by good or bad intention. Consider the nature of electric wheelbarrow,
  6. Or can I legally ride my wheelbarrow on the pavement? In short, no, a pedestrian controlled vehicle should be controlled from the footway or road, however, there is no stipulation under law as to which limb you use to control the barrow. You are legally entitled to take your barrow form once place of use, to another, and to port goods between places with said barrow. Sorry did I say wheelbarrow? As we all know (Ignorance is no defense under UK law), a scooter requires a vehicle license, a wheelbarrow does not, of course its a wheelbarrow, its only got one wheel and its clearly designed to take a payload (albeit two small equally weighed ones). So for those of you who want to know more here's the legal deal... This depends strongly on local law. Traditionally this area of transport legislation has been neglected, avoided and generally told to go away by most western governments. The general rule is if it has a motor and some wheels and a seat, it is a vehicle and requires a vehicle licence and may require an operators licence (ie: a driving licence). As these are vehicles and require licencing they need to be tested and test departments say they have no criteria to test against so they cant issue certificates, ie: no vehicle licence and so no using on public roads. However as these vehicle not only persist, but multiply, the resistance shown toward Sir Clive's SX5 and the original Segways by governments has been chipped away at over the last decade. Several US states now permit their use without licence, as do several European countries and Israel, though an operators licence may still be required. European legislation is due to make these vehicles legal across the EU, but this has not happened yet (Jan 2016), and when it does, there will still be plenty of maneuvering room for local legislation, as in most districts it is the local council that has the last say on what gets banned from it's roads. If your riding in the UK or Europe my advice would be to get some kind of public liability cover similar to what you would get to insure as a cyclist or motorist. Want to know even more? (ie: the specific tenets under UK (and EU) law? Extracted text from current (2014) UK and EU laws on the subject http://gyrodeck.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/gyrodecks-and-uk-law.html
  7. lucsan

    IPS132 Review

    I have the IPS i200 (the only gyrowheel I have ever ridden), while the wheel is only 14'' and the bootup time is 2 sec, it has proved to be an extremely reliable and responsive unit. I would recommend them to anyone, though as the 132 supersedes it they don't make them any more. It gives great distance, and while the advertised speed of 16kmh is rarely met due to the tilt back at 11-12kmh, personally I find that fast enough. At the other end of the scale, the unit so responsive I can operate it in heavy foot traffic at speeds as low as 5kmh, which to my mind as an urban user who will take both foot paths as well as roads, is important.
  8. While your reasoning and english are impeccable, might I throw in my pennyworth. I call them cogies (singular cogy) as I was riding mine through the palace gardens in Brighton I past some Japanese language students. A girl in the group pointed at the machine and said (I think) what is that? (She said it in Japanese and I don't speak Japanese so badly they might have been korean for all I know), and he said what sounded to me like, 'its a cogy', which could for all I know be Japanese for I don't know, or I have one, or anything really. However I noticed recently the French are calling them gyroroue (literal trans. Gyro wheel, or gyrowheel), now this is still too much of a mouthful for the British, which leads to possible portmanteau and term familar, how about gywhee ( I like the whee bit, like wha hay whee of we go etc), or gwhee, or gywe (pronounced guy we, or goo we) PS. the electric wheelbarrow thing, this at least provides a legality, as the gywhee is (or rather may technically be claimed to be) an electric wheelbarrow, (it only has one wheel and is clearly designed to take a payload), it can be classified under UK law as a pedestrian controlled vehicle for which no vehicle licence is required, a k on your driving license (and therefore a driving license is required) to operate a pedestrian controlled vehicle on the highyways and by-way (local laws apply). EW should perhaps be dismissed not for the wheelbarrow thing, but that it is the sound kids make when they smell something nasty (as in pe ew, what a stink, etc)
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