Hold your excitement, because for the moment New York City does not allow hoverboards. The decision was taken by NYPD, as the vehicles are considered dangerous for pedestrians. Those of you who, however, wish to go for a stroll with your hoverboard can face a fine of $200.
Hoverboards are not the futuristic floating boards we have seen in science-fiction movies, but simply boards on two wheels which look very much like Segways without handles. They can be operated by leaning forward, reaching 10 miles per hour. The cheapest ones are about $400 but they can also reach $1000.
The Golden State is supposed to reverse next year a law from 1977 about noisy scooters in favor of the quieter hoverboards. However, the surprise came when NYPD decided to define the them as “motor vehicles that cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles”, and thus ban them.
Clients and shop owners are appalled by the decision. Jay Isaac, the owner of Board Store which sells hoverboards, for instance, was completely taken aback, declaring that the ban came out of nowhere. He also added that his store has sold about 3,000 hoverboards at the price of $500.
However, it seems that Andy King, City Council member, wishes to propose an act in order to outlaw hoverboards. While New York City becomes hoverboard-free, San Francisco seems to be going in the opposite direction.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a legislation last month in order to reverse a state ban for electric boards, which includes of course electric skateboards and hoverboards. The legislation was 38 years old. Thus, in California those who use such boards have the same freedoms as bicyclists on the streets, in the conditions that the municipalities of California reserve the right to accept or refuse some of the regulations.
Ryan Price, director of campaigns at the Bicycle Coalition in California, argued that in the places where skateboards are not allowed, hoverboards might also be banned, be it on the road or on the sidewalks.
We can expect a lot of debates on the matter in the near future. As New York City does not allow hoverboards, we could also question whether such a transportation would endanger pedestrians or whether special areas should be made for hoverboards, depending on their success in the future.
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