Hoverboards are a type of self-balancing scooter that is capable of traveling across flat surfaces. Popular names for hoverboards include hoverboards, Segway hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, and personal transporters. The government passed new legislation regulating hoverboard usage. The following are some of the new laws for hoverboard usage.
Hoverboards are not allowed on sidewalks or major roads, but they are allowed on local residential roads. A pedestrian is not allowed to use a hoverboard on public roads, bike paths, sidewalks, or on the beach. Hoverboards are not allowed to be used at bike path crossings.
A person under 16 years old is not allowed to use a hoverboard unless being supervised by an adult who carries insurance for accidents that may occur. A parent or legal guardian of a child under 16, is responsible if they allow the child to use a hoverboard. For both children and adults, it is illegal to use a hoverboard while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Hoverboards are not allowed to be used at bus stops, taxi stands, or on transit platforms. Hoverboards are also banned from being used near existing railroad tracks that have no barrier between them.
A person who breaks the new laws for hoverboard usage will receive a fine. Additionally, there are potential civil lawsuits that can arise from an accident involving a hoverboard.
Essential features of Hoverboard – Section AB 604
A person is allowed to ride a hoverboard on public roads as long as they follow these guidelines:
1. Under 16 years old are not allowed to use a self-balancing scooter unless being supervised by an adult who carries insurance for accidents that may occur
2. It is illegal to use a self-balancing scooter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
3. A user cannot wear headphones or any other listening device that completely covers both ears at the same time while using a hoverboard
4. A person must not use a self-balancing scoot
er to carry any object other than personal belongings included in their original packaging
5. The user cannot attach themselves to another vehicle while riding
on the self-balancing scooter
6. It is illegal to ride a hoverboard near existing railroad tracks tha
t have no barrier between them
7. The user cannot ride a self-balancing scooter near a public pool unless it has one of the following: a mechanical braking system, a warning label about the dangers of riding near water, or if there is a barrier separating riders from swimmers
8. The use of hoverboards is banned from being used at bus stops, taxi
stands, or on transit platforms
9. A person who is under 16 years old cannot operate a hoverboard in the dark unless accompanied by an adult
10. A rider must use a self-balancing scooter safely and only on city sidewalks with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or lower.
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Hoverboard Laws in the other US States
New York State – It is illegal to use a hoverboard while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Washington D.C. – A person must not use a hoverboard at bus stops, taxi stands, or on transit platforms. A person who violates the law will be fined $50
Oregon – A rider must use a self-balancing scooter safely and only on city sidewalks with a lower speed limit.
Georgia – Under 16 years old are not allowed to use a hoverboard unless being supervised by an adult who carries insurance for accidents that may occur.
Wisconsin – A person must not use the device at bus stops, train stations, on sidewalks, or while under the influence.
Hoverboard Laws in the United Kingdom
It is illegal in the United Kingdom to ride a hoverboard on public streets and highways. This law came into effect in October 2016 and was made permanent in February 2017 after two individuals were killed by hoverboards. Hoverboards are not allowed to be used at bus stops, taxi stands, or on transit platforms either. It is also illegal for a person to ride a hoverboard while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Hoverboards are not allowed on public streets and highways. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you’re disabled then it’s okay for you to use it on the sidewalk provided that it’s not being used at a crossing that has traffic lights. Additionally, police officers are allowed to use hoverboards on public sidewalks as well. Although riding them is only permitted “in order to deal with an emergency”
It is illegal for anyone under the age of sixteen years old to ride a hoverboard in any public location unless they are under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 18 years old and carries insurance for accidents that could occur. Furthermore, it is illegal to sell these devices to anyone under the age of sixteen years.
Hover boards cannot be operated in public areas including sidewalks and pathways, where the speed limit is 50km/h or over.
The maximum speed allowed is 10 km/h and cannot be used on pavements. They must be used on private property with the consent of the owner. In addition, children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet.
Hoverboards are illegal to ride on public streets and highways in the UK.
Hoverboard Laws in Other Countries
A number of countries have placed a ban on hoverboards including:
France – Hoverboards are banned from all public roads and sidewalks, due to the fire hazard they pose.
Switzerland – The country doesn’t allow electric wheeled vehicles to be used on public roads. It’s also illegal for anyone without a license to drive an electric scooter.
Germany – Like most countries, Germany prohibits the use of hoverboards on public roads and sidewalks. A ban is also in place for anyone under the age of 14.
Oman – The country has placed a ban on the use of hoverboards in all public spaces, including roads and sidewalks.
Singapore – Hoverboards are banned from all means of public transport, including taxis, buses, and trains. This also includes sidewalks and roadways.
India – Transport authorities have placed a ban on electric self-balancing scooters, so it’s illegal to ride them in any city or town.
Taiwan – The country has banned the use of hoverboards on roads and sidewalks due to safety concerns, while under 16s are not allowed to ride them.
Thailand – Hoverboards are banned from public transport, which includes roads, paths, and sidewalks.
Malaysia – The country’s land transportation laws prohibit the use of self-balancing vehicles on highways or in any public place.
Portugal – It’s illegal to ride hoverboards on public roads, sidewalks, and paths in Portugal, but it is legal to use them on private property.
Oregon – It’s against the law to ride hoverboards on public roads and sidewalks.
Rhode Island – The state bans people from riding electric scooters and motorized skateboards in public ways.
Why Are These Laws Needed?
Hoverboards have been an issue of concern in the media and by consumer safety groups. Reports of hoverboard injuries across the country and the world have increased as their popularity has grown over the last few years.
UL is a non-profit that provides product safety testing, evaluation, and certification services to ensure products meet certain guidelines for fire and electrical safety. The UL works with companies to improve the safety of their products. UL is most known for the widely recognized gold-on-black UL Mark, which is traditionally placed on electrical and fire prevention devices.
Hoverboards do not have to be UL certified currently, but under certain circumstances, they will now be required to follow this procedure. The new laws are designed to increase consumer safety measures on these devices.
What Can Businesses Do to Comply?
Businesses that offer hoverboards for sale will need to open up an account with UL and pay the testing fee in order to ensure they are selling compliant products. These businesses also need to make sure any hoverboards they plan on selling meet specific requirements, such as having UL-certified battery compartments.
What are the requirements for New York State Hoverboard Law?
The new laws require all hoverboards sold in New York State to be outfitted with UL-certified battery compartments.
– UL requires companies to perform two different types of tests.
– Hoverboards must go through a charging test, which simulates the way a hoverboard is charged by plugging it into an electrical outlet.
– A second test determines if there are any flammable materials near or inside the battery compartment that could cause a fire.
– If a hoverboard fails either of these tests, it will not receive a UL certification sticker and cannot be sold in New York State.
– There are also two types of battery compartments that can help a hoverboard pass UL’s testing procedures.
– A “venting type” battery compartment. These compartments have holes in them so the batteries can breathe. This helps keep the batteries cool during use, which is important to maintaining safety.
– The second type of battery compartment is a “non-venting type”. These compartments are completely sealed off.
– UL requires that any hoverboard with a non-venting battery compartment must pass a third test, which simulates an actual accident involving the hoverboard. Under this procedure, batteries are crushed in a specific way to determine if they will catch fire or explode during a fall or collision.
What do I need to Know as a Consumer of Hoverboard?
– Consumers need to understand that UL certification is not the only safety standard for these devices. Other organizations have also started testing and certifying their own standards.
– A UL certification sticker on a hoverboard is a good sign, but it does not mean you are completely safe from hazardous materials or malfunctions.
– Consumers should also be aware of counterfeit products. These devices may look like they are UL certified, but in reality, they were made by a different company and lack all safety precautions.
– As with any product consumers buy, if the price is too good to be true then it most likely is.
– Consumers need to do their research and purchase from a trusted retailer.
– UL also has a recall website that includes all products they have certified. This is the quickest way to check and see if a hoverboard you want to buy is UL certified or not.
Q: What is the new hoverboard law?
A: The new laws require all hoverboards to be outfitted with UL-certified battery compartments. No online retailer, distributor, or manufacturer shall sell, supply, offer to sell or supply, any self-balancing scooter, wheeled footwear, or similar product in the state of New York that is not in full compliance with the above-mentioned law.
Q: Who is this law for?
A: The new laws apply to all citizens, regardless of where a hoverboard is purchased. Hoverboards must be UL-certified if sold anywhere. Additionally, businesses that sell hoverboards must ensure they are UL-certified before selling them.
Q: What are the penalties for noncompliance?
A: Failure to follow these new laws will result in a penalty of up to $100 per hoverboard sold without a UL certification sticker. If more than five hoverboards are found to be without this certification, retailers may face civil or criminal charges under New York State law.
Q: What is UL?
A: Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that tests and inspects products to help manufacturers meet safety guidelines such as the new hoverboard laws.
As the world has become more modernized, legal issues surrounding law enforcement have also changed. There is now a need for new laws to be made in order to cover any new technology that enters the public spectrum. Although there are laws against selling corrosive substances. It would benefit everyone if there were specific laws targeting illegal hoverboard sales and usage. New laws for hoverboards should be put in place to make sure they continue to do so safely.