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Posted 20 November 2015

Is the use of Segways and other powered vehicles on park roads subject to road traffic law?

All motor vehicles used on a public highway must comply with road traffic law. The problem faced by park owners, of both holiday and residential parks, is in determining whether park land is deemed a public highway and if so which vehicles are classed as a motor vehicle.

Is park land deemed a public highway?

In a previous blog we discussed the meaning of a public highway, and came to the conclusion that it was likely that all roadways and footpaths on park land will be deemed a public highway and therefore subject to road traffic law. The content of this blog can be found at:

What is a motor vehicle?

A motor vehicle is defined as a mechanically propelled vehicle, intended or adapted for use on roads. Generally, it will be for the Courts to decide whether any particular vehicle is deemed to be a motor vehicle and therefore subject to road traffic law. However, Courts have previously ruled that powered vehicles such as Segways, go-peds and electric scooters are deemed to be motor vehicles and therefore subject to road traffic law.

Park owners should, therefore, consider addressing the use of powered vehicles on park land within their park rules.

If you have any queries regarding road traffic law and its application to park land or amending your park rules or if you are interested in subscribing to our Parklaw service contact the Parks team by telephone on 01392 207020 or email

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