With popularity soaring, new hoverboard rules coming to California

Dec 29, 2015 6:15 PM by News Staff

Planning on taking that brand new hoverboard out for a spin? Better read up some new rules and regulations first.

Hoverboards, or self-balancing scooters were one of the most popular Christmas gifts of 2015, and California is rolling out new rules for riders, effective January 1.

The new law defines an “electronically motorized board” as a wheeled device designed to be stood on and powered by electronic propulsion, going no more than 15 miles per hour. The boards can only be ridden on a highway with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less, or specific designated bikeways.

Additionally, riders must be 16-years-old and wear a bicycle helmet.

Cities and counties will be left to determine how hoverboards can be used on sidewalks.


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