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Volume 16 No. 38
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
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SUZI QUATRO MEETS
FIGHT CONTINUES OVER
Segways hit a speed bump
Diane Orr from Seg Glide Ride Lake Burley Griffin with three of her segway vehicles on the shores of the lake.
Picture: Lannon Harley
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DESPITE being given the go ahead,
segways still aren't moving around
Lake Burley Griffin.
Last week ACT Attorney-General
Simon Corbell granted a limited
exemption to allow segways to operate
in the central basin area of Lake Burley
The exemption -- which follows a
seven-week ban on the use of the
vehicles -- will be in place until June 30
while a review is conducted.
But Seg Glide Ride Lake Burley
Griffin co-owner Diane Orr says her
business is suffering.
To qualify for the exemption, her
business needs to alter its insurance
policy to the ACT Government's
satisfaction -- which is yet to happen.
''Yes we've been given an exemp-
tion and that's fantastic,'' she said.
''But [the ACT Government] just
won't tick off on an insurance policy.''
Seg Glide Ride's current insurance
policy requires riders to sign a waiver
of liability, which would protect the
business from being held legally
responsible for injuries sustained as a
result of using their equipment. This is
a document regularly used for activi-
ties such as hang gliding, bungee
jumping and even bike hire.
''If it's our negligence, we're
covered, but you do ride at your own
risk,'' Ms Orr said.
''What [the ACT Government] is
saying is this is a high risk ac-
tivity ... and that signing a waiver
simply isn't enough. I don't think this
is a high risk activity at all. I think it's
a new concept and they're finding it
hard to categorise.''
Due to the insurance hold up, Seg
Glide Ride remains in limbo.
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