Hoverboards are now illegal on UK roads and pavements

Hoverboards are now illegal on UK roads and pavements

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.

3 replies
  1. 1250
    1250 says:

    l haven’t seen them about in Perth WA but like most new toys , their is a danger in keeping control of these units , at the moment we are seeing small unlicensed moter bikes,
    running all over the place , one woman was killed when she was crossing a zebra crossing, in a shopping maul and was hit by a young kid

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  2. Soar Boards
    Soar Boards says:

    Interesting article. We hate the fact the UK has decided to ban them and hope that they will look to reverse course. On the other hand, we are glad to see you chose our board as the main photo and would greatly appreciate if you could give photo link credit for it our site, Soarboards.com – Thank you

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