UK Clamp Down on Hoverboards! Everything you need to know about using self-balancing mini scooters illegally (or not) on roads or public footpaths.
The Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan police confirmed it.
Using a self-balancing mini scooter 'hoverboard' is illegal on the road as well as on a public pavement or footpath in Britain.
The warning from the police is bad news for those who enjoy gliding along the street on their stylish 'back to the future' Marty McFly.
UK legislation implies that these wheeled vehicles are dangerous and unsafe to get ridden in public places.
Thus, the guidance created by the legalities is clear. The latest version of the infamous Segway - or personal transportation device - is only legal for use on private property. Even so, it may still be illegal if it gets used without the landowner's permission.
Self-balancing scooters (hoverboards) are low-powered electronic transportation vehicles. That makes them illegal to ride on the pavement under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835.
They are also illegal to ride on the pavement in Scotland. Hoverboard laws get governed there by the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.
The scooters do not meet the registration requirements for road-legal vehicles in European or Britain. Compliance in these schemes would be necessary to make them legal for riding on the road.
But, the hoverboard fad drifts from strength to strength, especially outside the United Kingdom. The flying devices have proven to be a popular craze among football stars and rap celebrities. In fact, one video went viral of a man performing the tawaf on a hoverboard while he was on pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Crown Prosecution Service again reiterated the law which refers to the use of 'personal transporters' on the pavement. The laws apply to self-balancing mini scooters, hoverboards, and Segways.
They are illegal to use in such cases and banned from deployment on a public footpath in the United Kingdom.
The Department for Transport (DfT) also views hoverboards as motor vehicles. That is another reason they are not allowed on pavements.
Their stance on the issue reminded us that a man from Barnsley got fined £75 for riding his Segway illegally on the pavement. It was the result of a test case in 2011.
Hoverboards got banned from pavements in England and wales under a section of the 1835 Highways Act. The law states people cannot use the footway to 'lead or drive any ass, horse, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle, or carriage of any description'.
For a vehicle to be road-legal, it must meet certain conditions related to its construction and safety features. These include lights, indicators, and a horn.
For law purposes, the European Union and Department for Transport reaffirms that hoverboards and Segways do not meet the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA).
Segway-Ninebot is a personal transportation company that produce self-balancing electric roller skates. The new skates have a top speed of 12 km/h (7.5mph).
But, in the UK, it seems they will face the same ban as hoverboards on public pavements and roads. Under the Highways Act of 1835, they get classed as 'carriages' and thus, banned from use on the pavement.
The rules were set out by the Department for Transport. The DfT said the electric skates will fall under the same rules as powered rideables (e.g. electric scooters).
As a rule, powered transporters are not allowed on public roads in the United Kingdom. This type of construction does not comply with standard vehicle construction rules or type approval.
It means they have limited use to private property - with the permission of the landowner. In fact, the same rules apply to two-wheeled hoverboards, electric scooters, and electric unicycles.
The company released the Drift W1 electric skates in June 2018, described as 'a new and trendy way to move around'. Prepare to pay out a little over £300 if you plan on buying electric roller skates in the UK.
Note: The company stated their response on its website. They said "the rules and regulations for riding Segway products on public roads differ for every country."
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Finally, we have some good news for all self-balancing unicycle gadget fans and hoverboard enthusiasts. The laws are different in many American states and several European countries, including Germany, France, Italy, and in Ireland.
These countries do not make Segway illegal for use on public pavements and some cycle lanes. It seems like the United Kingdom is less tolerant of motorized hoverboards than a handful of countries abroad.
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