Police say hoverboards are illegal, send sales surging out of control

More people than ever are buying the must-have Christmas gadget despite not being able to ride it in public.


Despite a UK-wide ban, the self-balancing scooter – or hoverboard – is set to be the Christmas must-have gadget.

One electrical superstore has reported surging sales following newly-published guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service.

UK retailer ApplicancesDirect.co.uk saw sales rise by 215% in the wake of the CPS announcement.

The increased focus on the legality of riding hoverboards in public has fuelled popularity of the vehicle.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, the temptation to zip down the street on the tech toy is certainly compelling.

But you might want to think twice before parting with your cash, as current legislation means you won’t be going very far.

As it stands hoverboards are not considered road legal and must instead only be used on private property.

The CPS says this is because hoverboards are powered by an electric motor and can’t be pedalled. This distinguishes them from bicycles and the laws that govern their use.

So unless your home boasts a nice strip of green space, or you happen to have access to your own carpark, your hoverboard might actually spend more time in its box.



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