If you live in London or another major city in the UK, you may have noticed a surprising number of people zooming by on a self-balancing board. While there used to just be one or two rather expensive options, you can now pick up a decent board for about £250 from F-wheel company. With a battery life of around 10-15 miles (16-24km), and a max speed of about 10mph (16km/h), it is unsurprising that they’re popular amongst city dwellers.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called for the legalisation of “electric scooter-surfboard gizmos”—that is, he wants self-balancing scooters to be legal on pavements in London.
Even though they can’t actually levitate, “hoverboard” self-balancing scooters have become a huge hit. Celebrities are jumping on the two-wheeled bandwagon, either signing deals to promote the next big brand or attaching their name to one of their own. That’s helped boost sales of the popular toy in the UK, but the law actually dictates that they can’t be ridden in a public space.
Currently, self-balancing scooters—which, much to the chagrin of Marty McFly, are sometimes called “hoverboards”—cannot be ridden legally on UK pavements or roadways. They can be used on private ground, but only with explicit permission from the owner—so you shouldn’t technically use a self-balancing scooter at the shopping mall, either. Self-balancing scooters fall afoul of the same legislation that prevents the infamous Segway from being allowed on UK roads and pavements: section 72 of the Highway Act 1835 in England and Wales, and the Roads (Scotland) Act of 1984.
Johnson called for a stop to the “ludicrous and nannying prohibition on the electric scooter-surfboard gizmos.” He said that hoverboards are a “new and potentially liberating form of personal mobility” and that owners should be allowed to ride alongside the elderly, who are permitted to “charge towards you on their terrifying chariots” (read: mobility scooters).
“If the oldsters can charge towards you on their terrifying chariots, the youngsters should be able to waft on their boards,” Johnson continued. His column this week was mostly about how pensioners in the UK get “free TV licences and free bus passes and winter fuel allowances,” while at the same time “the Nimbyism of the baby-boomers—their very great reluctance to have more homes built in their neighbourhoods, or spoiling their views of green spaces” is making it hard for millennials to get on the property ladder.
Rest assured that the self balancing scooter is going to be as legal as bicycle in the near future because it’s the trend of history. New trends conquer the old trends finally. When London Major Surfs with Popular Self Balancing Scooter Tide, please join us for more fun 🙂
PS： Previously, we published an article named Top 10 Self Balancing Hover Boards Suppliers Import Goods from F-wheel. And we promised to reveal the number one fake, top and best self balancing scooter later.
However, we have to keep it a secret under the pressure of our mass resellers. Thank you for the efforts and great quantity of self balancing hoverboards, self balancing scooters and electric unicycles you sold for F-wheel.
We are going to keep on manufacturing high quality and low price self balancing scooters as usual and wish all of our resellers and distributors a better business and make more and more money in the near future.
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