A ban on Segway motor scooters in Prague's historic center and some other parts of the Czech capital is coasting into effect.

Authorities have started placing 610 traffic warning signs in the Segway-free areas. Once the signs all are installed, using the two-wheeled scooters in those zones will be punishable by a fine of up to 2,000 koruna ($78).

Protests from locals over the number of tourists riding Segways on sidewalks and Prague's narrow cobbled streets prompted city officials to approve the ban in July.

An association of companies providing Segway tours says City Hall has not responded to its objections.

The ban, expected to take effect by Dec. 10, affects parts of Prague's 1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th districts, including streets and walkways.