Seems like "Catch 22" is alive and well, in the presence of a ban on Segways in Holland.
News just out of the country details banning the two-wheeled vehicles, as of New Years Day from all public roads, bike paths and walkwaysmaking them legal only on private property.
The ban took effect because the country's Royal Traffic Agency has yet to approve Segway use, driving them from the public ways as a result. But the agency cannot give them the go ahead because of a Catch 22 in The Netherlands' vehicle code.
Follow this if you can: The police regard the Segway as "a motorized vehicle, a moped." Because the Traffic Agency hasn't approved its use, the police can't issue license plates for them. The traffic authority, in turn, says it cannot approve the Segway under existing law because, "It doesn't have a brake, you brake by leaning back, and that's clearly not permissible," according to agency spokesman Hans van Geenhuizen.
Seems the good folk in the European automotive electronics community should brief Dutch lawmakers on how the microelectronics and MEMS technology that enable the Segway is already on the public roads in vehicles carrying more people at higher speeds than the two-wheeled transporters.