Hoverboards: Are they Legal?

October 7, 2017

Hoverboards: Are they Legal?

Hoverboards, balance boards or segways, whatever you call them these crafty little inventions are taking over the market and are causing a storm. A Hoverboard is a two wheeled alternative transport method that is cost efficient, eco-friendly and fun to use, however due to bad press over the last few years these marvelous inventions are believed by many to be banned.

The short answer to the question is yes, Hoverboards are legal. The actual product itself is legal as is the sale and distribution of the product as long as all of the necessary legal guidelines are met. Many companies created segway products out of poor quality components and materials thus creating some devices to catch fire and sometimes even explode leading to the bad press previously mentioned. However, since then governing bodies and trading standards have clamped down on these products and have been eliminating any products that don’t abide to the regulations. With Hoverboards you are guaranteed to have a safe and legal product each time.

However, despite the product itself being legal the use of them in public places is not. The two wheeled self balance boards are deemed by the authorities as being to unsafe for use on the road and are too dangerous for usage on the pavement. Private property is legally the only place in which Hoverboards can be used however seeing these devices in the street and at the shopping centre is not unusual.

All in all the Hoverboard is clearly a fun piece of high tech equipment and, if ridden properly is a safe product to use and one that in our opinion, shouldn’t be deemed as dangerous as long as the necessary precautions are followed. In addition to this the Hoverboard market is here to stay as the demand for these products continues to soar hopefully meaning that these products will eventually be accepted into everyday society and we will eventually see people riding these magnificent contraptions in the street.

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