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Hoverboard laws and restrictions
Especially popular during the school holidays, hoverboards are the most popular gift items for children around the major cities in the US. While there is usually a lower age limitation for these boards, there are no upper limits. This means that adults as well as children can ride on the hoverboard without any restrictions. The technology around manufacture and modification of hoverboards is fast changing and this makes it almost impossible for law makers to keep up with formulation of laws on the same. While there is no legislature that controls the use of the hoverboard in most states, there are restrictions in urban areas to how it should be used.
Major cities like New York as well as some schools malls and stores have declared the hoverboard as illegal. This means that people are not allowed to ride on them while in these areas let alone be seen carrying one. For majority of these places, the population tends to be high and banning them all together is out of a sense of concern for inconveniencing other people.
A good number of property owners more so office blocks and residential areas do not allow the use of hoverboards in the vicinity of their premises. It is believed that the liability caused by a hoverboard far outweighs the benefit of having it in the first place. Novice users especially are prone to many accidents that could endanger the safety of other people not counting the extent of injury they would suffer as a result of a fall.
Designated areas of use
California is the first state to formulate regulation regarding the use of hoverboards on the streets. Without being unfair to short distance commuters they have passed legislation to confine hoverboard use to pathways and bike lanes. This is aimed at reducing competition for road space between board riders and vehicles on the roads.
Schools that have allowed the use of hoverboards within their premises have put up a strict code of dressing with regard to the safety gear that riders should have. In an effort to ensure that riding on a hoverboard is safe, children found without helmets and joint pads are severely punished.
It may not be possible to restrict complete us of the hoverboard but with collective efforts, towns can set aside special areas where they can be rode, accommodate them in city planning such that they have their own lane and even organize sporting events that use hoverboard. This will help foster responsibility among riders and at the same time ensure that other road users do not feel threatened or offended by their presence on the roads.