Western Australia’s Transport Minister, Troy Buswell, recently announced that the state government enacted legislation that would allow for Segway Personal Transporter (PT) Tours on shared pathways.
Western Australia is defined as the entire western third of Australia. It is Australia’s largest state with a land area of over 2.5 million square kilometers and a population of 2.4 million people.
Up until two weeks ago, Segway PTs were prohibited on roads, pathways and cycleways. Today, Western Australia is the first state or territory to approve the use of Segway PT in public areas. The regulatory change is limited to commercial tour operators and it is a significant step in the right direction to achieving overall regulatory change. Tours will be restricted. For example, operators must propose a location and apply for approval from the local council.
However, the change was supported by the Minister for Tourism and the Tourism Council of Western Australia.
“We’re thrilled with the news that legislation now supports commercial Segway PT Tours,” said Belinda Hill, Director of Simply Moving Australia, Segway’s Authorized Distributor. “The expected boast to the local economy is sure to be significant.”
Recent Media Coverage
Segway given rights to roll in WA – WAToday.com.au
Queensland Australia’s Transport Minister, Scott Emerson, glided into a press conference on a Segway Personal Transporter (PT), after riding laps around the Parliament House in Brisbane, and announced that legislation will be adopted that would allow for the Segway PT to be ridden on Queensland’s footpaths and bikeways by the end of 2013.
Queensland is the second largest state in Australia. It spans an area of 1.8 million kilometers and is home to over 4.5 million people.
Queensland is one of the first Australian states to relax regulations around using Segway PTs on public passage ways. Tourism advocates across the state campaigned for the change, with the support of the Tourism Industry Council, and with the common goal of bolstering tourism across the Gold Coast region.
“Queensland’s new legislation to allow the use of Segway PTs in public areas will undoubtedly provide a multitude of opportunities for tourism operators to develop tours around notable attractions,” said Brett Walton, Director of Segway Queensland. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see other Australian states follow suit in the near future.”
Recent Media Coverage
Segway [PTs] coming to Qld footpaths – TheAustralian.com.au
Segway [PT] riders get green light – ABCNews.com.au
Segway [PTs] roll on Queensland paths – BrisbaneTimes.com.au