Popular Post MvM Posted April 18, 2015 Popular Post Share Posted April 18, 2015 (edited) I have had my Solowheel EU since June 2014. Since then, I have used it for almost 2500 km for all kinds of purposes. First, I am using it every working day to travel the last 3 km to work from the place where I park my car. Second, I use it in my home town for all kinds of activities like shopping, running errands or generally just riding around for fun. Since that time, I have had spoken to countless people who were just interested in the concept, and that includes train officials, security people or police offices. Never have I had any accidents, run into people or been into any kind of trouble. Today, however, was different. I had to run an errand about a mile from home, so naturally I took my Solowheel. I rode to the shop, with, as usual, some surprised pedestrians during my trip. On my ride home, I got stopped my two motorbike cops. Apparently, I had been followed on the various security camera's which are everywhere today, and these two cops were sent to interedict my mission. After some talking, I was told that I could no longer drive on public roads for the reason that, as far as they know, an electric unicylce is not a recognized motorised vehicle and therefore not allowed on the public street. The copy in question certainly understood that the legality of the EU is a somewhat grey area, but I was advised not to use it again or I might be fined or the EU even impounded. So I had to walk the rest of the way home unfortunately. Of course, at this moment, I am a bit pissed off. First of all, an EU is no more dangerous than anyone using the street with a skate- or longboard, skeelers or bike. I even think that, generally speaking, an EU with a 10 mph speed limit is even safer than the above mentioned due to the fact it is more manouvrable than a bike or longboard and easier to stop than someone on skeelers. Nevertheless, the lack of a well defined status of the EU is definately becoming an issue. I am also pretty sure that as more EU's appear on public streets, the need for a legal status, even if it would come with certain technical limitations, become more and more apparent. It would be nice if any manufacturer, in my case Inventist, would make an effert to at least start a discussion about this subject. Otherwise everyone here, both manufacturers and users, run the risk that a very cool thing will become outlawed simply because lawmakers have no idea what to do with it. And simply forbidding something has always been the easy way after all. Edited April 18, 2015 by MvM 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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