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Monday, 12 October 2015

Hoverboards Illegal In Public, Police Warn!

Good! The clampdown is timely and imperative! We have enough nuissance on the road already. 

Anyone who uses the self-balancing scooters on paths and roads may be breaking a 180-year-old law, and could end up with a fine.

Top footballers and pop stars have boosted the popularity of hoverboards

They have become a recurring annoyance for pedestrians on busy footpaths – but now, a crackdown on "hoverboards" in public could be on the horizon.

Londoners who are thinking of investing in a self-balancing scooter are being urged to reconsider by the Metropolitan Police, as a 180-year-old law means they can only be used on private land.

Although they are powered vehicles, hoverboards are too unsafe to use on British roads, and cannot be licensed or registered under the Highway Act 1835.

But in England, Wales and Scotland, it is also an offence to take it for a spin on the pavement, as it can prove to be a dangerous hazard for others.

Guidance from the Department for Transport says: "You can only ride an unregistered self-balancing scooter on land which is private property, and with the landowner's permission."

Hoverboards have enjoyed an explosion in popularity recently – with Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Kylie Jenner just some of the celebrities snapped on the "personal motorised transporters".

It seems unlikely that any enthusiasts will be prosecuted for whizzing down the street on a self-balancing scooter, yet offending Segway users have faced court action in the past.

Back in January 2011, an unemployed factory worker became the first person in the UK to be convicted of riding a Segway on the pavement – and was slapped with a £75 fine.

At the time, campaigners who were pushing for wider Segway use expressed outrage at the ruling.

The vehicles do have form for veering off course unexpectedly – even making it difficult for the world's fastest man to leap out of the way in time.

In August, Usain Bolt was flattened by a cameraman on a Segway just moments after winning the 200m gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

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