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Are fold up scooters road legal?

kona_mattkona_matt Posts: 475
edited June 2011 in Commuting chat
Saw something amusing on the way home last night. Teenager on one of those little fold up scooter doing 20ish mph down a hill on the carriageway with cars following him.

Raised a couple of questions in my head. a) is a scooter road legal? it's got 2 wheels like a bicycle? b) if it's not road legal, where is line drawn between scooters and bicycles? Early bicycles were essentially scooters with a seat, much like a child's balance bike. Is a drivetrain required to make it road legal or could you remove your cranks and scoot around on a bike legally?

Any ideas? I could just google it but I thought it might be an interesting talking point.
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