Instead of worrying about going up a single step, or off a curb, or a slightly rough sidewalk, you now have to worry about getting fined for riding around on your idiotic balancing board with wheels (that’s definitely not hovering). Your stupid sideways motorized skateboard is illegal. On Monday, the NYPD’s 26th Precinct tweeted out what we’ve all been hoping to hear:
And since there was some confusion, Gothamist decided to check it out:
“The NYC Department of Transportation, however, has landed on firmer ground when it comes to rules surrounding hoverboards—they told us that these devices are in fact illegal. They are considered motor vehicles that cannot be registered with the DMV, which means they’re prohibited in the city (under NY State Law). Even though they aren’t in the DMV’s list of expressly prohibited motor vehicles, they are considered motorized self-balancing devices, similar to Segways.”
If police catch you on your not-hoverboard and write you a ticket, it will cost you up to $500. And that’s just about what you overpaid for your not-hoverboard in the first place. Currently, the dumb things are banned in California, too. But that changes on January 1, when a new law goes into place making them legal. Meanwhile, a new law in London bans them from all streets and sidewalks.