Ministry: devices such Oxboards are not on public roads

Dec

4

2015

Devices such Oxboards, where users move around without control, are prohibited in the Netherlands on public roads. It says the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. Manufacturer Oxboard claimed just that the devices were allowed.

Users may also not on the sidewalk, said the ministry against the NIS, which inquired into the legal status of the vehicle. The problem is, according to the Ministry that it is a motorized vehicle, but the steering wheel is missing. Users send through the body. Therefore, they are not eligible for status as “special moped.

As manufacturers of such vehicles want a special status as a moped, they would also have to apply for it and that is not done yet. Segway example, that status is and why Segways are allowed to the public road.

According to the Ministry, users may only use private devices such Oxboards. The manufacturer from Eindhoven claimed by the release earlier this year that their vehicle on public roads may. A spokeswoman tells Tweakers be surprised at the statements of the Ministry. “Legislation is always behind in technology and the first Segway could then also on the road. We are still in discussions with the RDW (RDW, ed.) On more clarity.”

The RDW still bends over questions of Tweakers, but already says that it is unlikely that there will be agreement. “The Oxboard is a type of toy and not a vehicle suitable for use on public roads. As the ministry indicates in its news coverage, it is a motorized two-wheeler that can not meet the admission requirements of a motorized two-wheeler meet and therefore not public roads can be used. ”

The Oxboard is based on the same technology as the Segway has been applied; gyroscopes ensure that the user remains in equilibrium by constant to adjust the balance. If the user leans forward, the Oxboard begins to lean back when he is reversing. It is also possible to make the means of transport in this way bends.

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