Segways are illegal to ride in public, Crown Prosecution Service says

The electric self-balancing scooters must adhere to the same rules as Segways, meaning they cannot be ridden on roads or pavements

Hoverboard scooters have become massively popular

Hoverboard scooters have become massively popular

 

They’ve exploded in popularity and have been used by sports stars, celebrities and rappers, but “hoverboard” scooters are illegal to use in public, it has been confirmed.
The Met Police tweeted to confirm that the “self-balancing scooters” cannot be ridden on roads or pavements, and are only allowed on private property.

 

The vehicles, which have become a common sight on streets and range from around £200 to several hundred pounds, are a sort-of sideways electric skateboard, with users leaning forward or backward to control them.

But they must adhere to the same rules as Segways under UK law. Segways are motor vehicles and thus cannot be ridden on pavements, but are not licensed either, so are not allowed to go on roads.

In fact, the only legal place to ride a hoverboard is on private property, with the permission of the property’s owner, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“You can only ride an unregistered self-balancing scooter on land which is private property and with the landowner’s permission. The Department for Transport would advise that appropriate safety clothing should be worn at all times,” it says.

The message apparently didn’t make it to Manchester, where one police officer was seen using a hoverboard on Saturday.

Manchester’s GMP Swinton account tweeted a picture of a police officer using a hoverboard on a pavement.

In 2011, a judge decided that Segways must qualify as motor vehicles, and fined a man £75 for riding them on the pavement.

The Segway never really caught on despite its initial buzz, but the hoverboard is becoming an increasingly common sight, despite being mocked by many sections of society.

Several Premier League footballers have been seen using them, as have celebrities including Justin Bieber and Chris Brown.
However, they are not without their controversies. The rapper Wiz Khalifa was handcuffed at LAX airport for refusing to dismount, and a pilgrim to Mecca was spotted riding one during the tawaf ritual of walking round Islam’s sacred Ka’bah shrine.
They have also become a target for thieves, with a man knocked off his £300 machine in North London last month.

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