Hoverboards Banned In NYC


After being banned in the U.K. last month, the popular Segway-style hoverboards have been banned in New York City.

According to Gothamist, the 26th Precinct of the NYPD recently announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Be advised that the electric hoverboard is illegal as per NYC Admin. Code 19-176.2" However, the tweet has since been removed, leaving some confusion regarding the law.

The questioning comes surrounding what is classified as a motorized scooter, as per the aforementioned code's suggestion:

"For purposes of this section, the term ‘motorized scooter' shall mean any wheeled device that has handlebars..." — the hoverboards do not have handlebars.

"For the purposes of this section, the term 'motorized scooter' shall not include electric powered devices not capable of exceeding fifteen miles per hour..." — the hoverboards have a max speed of 6 mph.

To clarify the confusion, NYC Department of Transportation have expained that the electric hoverboard is illegal because it's considered a motor vehicle that cannot be registered with the DMV, therefore it's prohibited by law.

If you are caught riding a hoverboard in NYC, you will be fined $500 USD.

  • Bop it_Twis it_Pull it

    NY takes another L

  • Saxxx

    Ass beatins by the NYPD coming right up..

  • Jet Life

    too bad you live in poverty which financially restricts you from actually traveling outside of your 10 block radius to actually travel to NY and actually see the "L" rather than sitting at a computer and IMAGINING. you've got a lot of work to do Bop lmao

  • Greedy cities

    Big cities are money hungry, as soon as they figure out how to tax (get money) from this it'll be cool. Notice how they mention registering (paying) with the DMV.

  • Hah

    Does the UK also take an L? Never mind, you don't have a passport! lol

  • Bop it_Twis it_Pull it

    I've got my shit ready to go nigga you should be concerned about getting one yourself

  • Bop it_Twis it_Pull it

    Nigga what are you talking about? Ol sensitive ass New Yorker, take yourself to the bodega and your pet rat, go out for a walk

  • 375GTB .

    People ride them responsibly here in Chicago!

    NOT in traffic!

    Not indoors....