Hoverboards are illegal on streets and pavements, police remind the public

A rise in the use of the self-balancing scooters dubbed ‘hoverboards’ on Britain’s streets has prompted police to remind people that they are, in fact, illegal.


The Metropolitan Police has issued a reminder that the self-balancing scooters dubbed ‘hoverboards’ are illegal to ride on public pavements.

Various forms of the Segway-style wheeled vehicles can often be spotted on Britain’s streets but a recent increase in the use of the machines has led to police issuing a ‘Segway Guidance’ reminder on Twitter, about the regulations surrounding them.

According to the regulations from the Crown Prosecution Service, it is an offence under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 to ride or drive a self-balancing scooter on the pavement.

Furthermore, people can only ride an unregistered self-balancing scooter on land which is private property and with the landowner’s permission.

The decision by police to issue clarification on the law could actually lead to an increase in sales, one distributor of the hoverboards predicted.

“If the authorities give any impression that the use of hoverboards in some circumstances is unlawful, then I expect sales to soar,” Simon Benson of Ghetto Gadgets told the Guardian.

“Clearly customers need to take advice, but millennials are not going to take kindly to the authorities using a law that pre-dates the penny-farthing to tell them what they can or can’t do on the streets of Britain.”