The 11th of October was a sad day for ‘Swegway’ owners in the UK. At 9.46am a tweet from MPS Specials announced that it is illegal to ride hover boards on footways, meaning you basically can’t be rollin’ round in public anymore.
— MPS Specials (@MPSSpecials) October 11, 2015
Although the boards are classed as motor vehicles, they are banned from roads because they do not meet licence and registration requirements. As riding a vehicle on the pavement has been illegal since 1835, it’s basically a massive lose-lose situation.
Distraught Segway enthusiasts, who had recently purchased their hover boards for upward of £200, took to twitter to tear apart the law, whilst official petitions popped up overnight on sites such as Parliament page and Care2. For others, it was just a great excuse to bring back some of the best segway fails and unsurprisingly there were a lot of ??? involved.
In fact, the only place it is legal to ride a Swegway is on private property with the landowner’s permission. So, um, have fun riding round your back garden…