Hyperwalk on a sidewalk

Police are cracking down and getting the word out on the illegal boards.

If you want to hyperwalk down the London sidewalk, expect a ticket.

Hands-free hoverboards of all varieties are explicitly forbidden on public roadways and sidewalks in London, according to a tweet by Metro Police. 

The tweet links to the Segway guidance section of their FAQ, which explains that any self-balancing scooters must be “approved via ECWVTA or MSVA in order to be licensed and registered” to be street legal. 

They are also illegal on sidewalks because they qualify as vehicles. The only place hoverboards are explicitly legal in London is on private property, and with the property owner’s permission.

Hoverboards have caused controversy in the United States as well, especially at airports. This summer, rapper Wiz Khalifa was detained by customs agents for riding his board in the Los Angeles airport.

H/T Jezebel | Screengrab via Hyper Walk/YouTube

Rae Votta

Rae Votta

Rae Votta is obsessed with obsession. She holds an BA in journalism and a Masters in the linguistics with a focus on digital fan communities from the University of Georgia; she has applied that degree to her nine-year career in the digital and entertainment industries. In addition to Daily Dot, her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. Her reporting focused on digital entertainment culture, with a specific interest in YouTube, Vine, and other digital native stars, until she departed for a career with Netflix in 2016.

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