The B.C. government is considering new laws for Segways and other alternative vehicles.
“There are lots of new ways to travel and we need to make sure our laws reflect the needs of our communities today.” – Claire Trevana, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, said in a statement.
Proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, introduced yesterday, would establish a framework for the use of electric scooters, electric single-wheeled cycles, Segways and hoverboards. The legislation also provides a framework for how pilot projects can be conducted by the provincial government and municipal governments.
The province is following the lead of the City of Kelowna. This summer, Kelowna provided Spin, a scooter rental company, with a permit to operate its e-scooter share service within the municipal jurisdiction under the bike share permit program.
Due to the restriction of e-scooters on roadways, Spin’s access was limited to the Okanagan Rail Trail, but saw great success.