Hoverboards Spark New Laws in California

As the holidays approach, your children will undoubtedly be asking for gifts. From toddlers to teens, children adore getting presents for the holidays. The latest and greatest is typically first on their minds, and this year will be no different. If you haven’t heard of them before, take notice: Hoverboards are the “in” gift of the year.

Hoverboards come in many names. Swagways, personal transporters, self-balancing scooters; the list goes on. No matter what you call them, one thing is for sure: lawmakers are struggling to determine just how safe these boards are and, in most places, how they can comply with the rules of the road.

Like the skateboard of yesterday, many property owners have already banned hoverboards from their premises. Liability concerns surround these new “toys,” and no business owner wants someone to fall from one on their property. In New York, the hoverboard is considered a motorized vehicle and, as such, it must be registered. Failure to do so before riding in public can result in hefty fines. California lawmakers are looking closely at New York as they decide exactly how to classify the latest craze.

What California has done so far is pass a law that will go into effect January 1. These scooters, or boards, will be permitted in pathways and bike lanes. The law is able to be amended by municipalities and property owners as they see fit. So far, any person who decides to ride their contraption in a bike path must be at least 15 years of age. They also are required to wear the same safety gear that one would wear while riding a bike. If the police catch anyone riding with a helmet, they can confiscate the board on the spot.

If you choose to purchase one of these toys for your child this holiday season, keep your eyes open for any changes or additions to the law. As the boards take over the streets, lawmakers will undoubtedly be looking for ways to make them safer to ride in public.

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