Segway hearing now in 2013

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A hearing to determine whether or not a segway ridden by a Kaikohe man was a mobility device will be made in February.

The case of Kaikohe hotel owner was called in the Whangarei District Court yesterday but was again adjourned because a whole day was needed for a defended hearing.

He will re-appear for a defended hearing on February 11, 2013.

Mr Summers was pulled over by police and later prosecuted by the Kaikohe District Court for riding his segway- an upright, motorised scooter- on a Kerikeri footpath in June 2011.

However, the High Court at Whangarei quashed the conviction in July and rescinded his $1150 fine and loss of 15 demerit points.

The matter was called in the Whangarei District Court in September but it was adjourned because the segway was to be sent to Auckland University for tests.

The results will then be sent to New Zealand Transport Agency.

If it was deemed a mobility device, it would not need to be registered as a motor vehicle with the NZTA.

The case has attracted national attention as it will set a legal precedent for the classification of the Segway.

- Northern Advocate

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