Hoverboards are now illegal on UK roads and pavements

New guidance issued by the CPS has warned that it’s illegal to use ‘self-balancing scooters’ on roads and pavements in the UK.

The Department for Transport states that under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 it is illegal to ride or drive a vehicle on the pavement in England and Wales. In Scotland it is an offence under section 129(5) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

These vehicles include ‘self-balancing scooters’, otherwise known as ‘hoverboards’ or ‘hands-free segways’, which are becoming increasingly popular.

But electric bikes are exempt from the regulations. The CPS states: “Bicycles are covered by different rules to those applying to self balancing scooters. Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles must meet the requirements of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983.

“Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles that conform to these regulations are considered to be pedal cycles and as such are allowed to use cycle facilities such as cycle lanes on the road and cycle tracks away from the road which other powered vehicles are prohibited from using. A self-balancing scooter does not meet these requirements as it cannot be pedaled.”

The guidance warns that hoverboards should only be used on private land and suggests appropriate safety clothing should be worn at all times.