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This article was published on October 12, 2015

    London police say that no matter how cool you look riding a hoverboard, it’s still illegal

    London police say that no matter how cool you look riding a hoverboard, it’s still illegal
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    Gliding gracefully down the street without expending any energy on a ‘hoverboard’ might sound like the answer to urban commuter woes, but the Metropolitan Police in London has taken to Twitter to point out that your purchase is basically pointless.

    According to current legislation, the fact that the hoverboards have an electric motor to drive the wheels makes them subject to the same regulations as other road-going vehicles.

    Unfortunately, as the ‘self-balancing scooters’ are classed as a vehicle, it’s an offence under the Highways Act to ride them on the pavement too.

    That means that about the only place you can use a hoverboard is on your own land, or inside your own house.

    Or, if you work in our Amsterdam office, you could use one to get lunch.

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