Tuesday, September 21, 2004
- Be it ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco:
Section 1. Article 5 of the San Francisco Traffic Code is hereby amended ( December 16/02) by adding Section 104, to read as follows:
SEC. 104. ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICES.
(a) It shall be unlawful to operate an electric personal assistive mobility device on any sidewalk in the City and County of San Francisco.
(b) "Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device" means a self-balancing, nontandem two-wheeled device, that can turn in place and is designed to transport only one person, with an electric propulsion system averaging less than 750 watts (one horsepower).
(c) Any person who violates Section 104 shall be guilty of an infraction and, upon the conviction thereof, shall be punished for the first offense by a warning or a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $100; and for a second offense and each additional offense by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500.
- From the Ontario Ministry of Transportations site “a personal human transporter (i.e. Segway) does not meet Ontario's equipment safety standards for on-road use. This device is not included as a vehicle intended for on-road use under the MVSA, and is considered a device for a pedestrian environment”.
- Police, in the Niagara Region are enforcing the law --- One man in Niagara Falls made headlines last September, 2004 for being the first known Segway rider in Canada to get fined: $8,000 for not having insurance or a license plate.He also made an illegal left turn off a sidewalk. He also made an illegal left turn off a sidewalk.( ref. Toronto Star 2/28/04)