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‘Hoverboards’ And Segways Already Illegal Thanks To A 180-Year-Old Law

You’ll have seen every man and his Nan on Vine with one, plus one rogue kid in Morrisons during your Sunday big shop (if you haven’t seen them, they’re basically Segway’s without the handle). But the hoverboard (we realise it's not technically a hoverboard but we didn't choose the name) craze is unlikely to hit the streets soon.

Mostly because they’re illegal to use on both the road and the pavement. Good news for those that get pissed off enough by that god-forsaken scooter trend. Bad news for future fans.

According to the Met Police’s MPS Specials Twitter account, they aren’t something they’ll be getting on board with anytime soon. You can only roll through private property following the owner’s permission and definitely not on roads, as they are not licensed or registered vehicles. 

Their reasoning effectively being that they're too unsafe to ride on the road, but too dangerous to ride on the pavement. 

When it comes to pavements, boarding down the pavement would violate section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 in England and Wales and section 129(5) of the Roads Act 1984 in Scotland which forbids riding a vehicle on the pavement.

Just as well where we’re going, we don’t need roads. 

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