CPS says the celebrity gadgets are too dangerous for pavements and not suitable for roads
They are the new favourite toy of the rich and famous, but it seems the likes of Lauren Goodger, Brooklyn Beckham and Rochelle Humes will no longer be able to use one to glide along the street. That’s because prosecutors have revealed that futuristic ‘hoverboards’ – also known as self-balancing scooters – are illegal to ride on public roads or pavements in Britain.
The £400 vehicles, which feature a platform with a wheel on each side, can only be used on private property because they are too dangerous to ride in public, the Crown Prosecution Service says.
The scooters, which are also known as ‘swegways’, have become increasingly popular with actors and footballers over the past year – with many stars seen riding them both in public and at home.
The CPS guidance was originally issued for Segways, which include a handlebar and are also not permitted on roads – but the Metropolitan Police said last night that it also covers hoverboards.
It is an offence under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 to ride them on the pavement in England and Wales – and, north of the border, under section 129(5) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.
Meanwhile it is also illegal to ride them on a public road because they are not approved by the European or British test schemes for road-legal vehicles.
CPS guidance states: ‘You can only ride an unregistered self-balancing scooter on land which is private property and with the landowner’s permission.
‘The Department for Transport would advise that appropriate safety clothing should be worn at all times.’
Simon Benson, from hoverboard distributor Ghetto Gadgets, claimed that the legal clarification could boost the vehicles’ profile and lead to them becoming even more popular.
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