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New York City bans use of hoverboards in public places

Fled to New York City to escape the UK hoverboard ban? We’ve got some bad news for you.

Hoverboards are now illegal to use on the streets of New York starting today.

Using the motorised scooters – which are two-wheeled, hands-free, and self-balancing – in the city could see riders hit with a fine of up to $500.

Hoverboards are prohibited by New York state law since they are considered motor vehicles that cannot be registered with the department of motor vehicles,” an NYPD spokesperson said, as quoted by the Guardian.

However, it’s still not clear whether hoverboards are outlawed in the rest of the US.

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Back in October, hoverboards were declared illegal to use on public roads and pavements in the UK.

The ban was outlined in new guidance released by the Crown Prosecution Service, which cited a number of existing regulations that are breached by the use of such scooters.

“You can only ride an unregistered self-balancing scooter on land which is private property and with the landowner’s permission,” explained the CPS.

What do you make of the hoverboard ban? Let us know in the comments.

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