'Hoverboard' Scooters - the Legal Position

Oct 14, 2015
Recent coverage in the newspapers has reported that 'self-balancing scooters' are illegal to ride in public.  

This is in response to updated legal guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service who have confirmed that such vehicles do not meet the guidance under either the Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA) or European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) schemes. As such they are not legal for road use.  

So can I ride one on the pavement instead?
Unfortunately, the use of a self-balancing scooter on the pavement constitutes an offence under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835, which makes it illegal to ride or drive a vehicle on the pavement.  

The resulting legal position is that users can only ride a self-balancing scooter on private property and with the landowner's permission. 

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