Popular Hoverboards Now Banned From New York City “Skreets”
By: Naturally Triece
The most popular gadget of the year has now been banned for life from the streets of New York City. Those futuristic hoverboards that quickly took over the country were able to allow anyone to glide seamlessly, regardless of size.
Though many of us love them, the fun police, best known as the NYPD, are officially pulling the plug on the board. According to a recent tweet that was pushed out earlier this week by the 26th Precinct in New York, the hover board is now illegal… Just look at NYC Admin Code 19-176.2, whatever the hell that is.
Even if the code is mainly speaking of the scooter, which has handle bars and doesn’t exceed the speed limit of 15 miles per hour, it doesn’t really apply to the hoverboard… For obvious reasons, but they insist that it is still illegal.
“Old laws won’t always fit these new technologies,” Popular Science Technology Editor Michael Nunez told PIX11 News.
According to Nunez, this new and trendy technology brings inevitable regulations in at some point or another.
“When these new things come out and people start misbehaving, maybe using them in ways that are a little bit unexpected,” Nunez said. “It takes a little bit of time for these agencies to catch up to the way people are using these new things.”
While this particular law is a bit ambiguous, the NYC Department of Transportation does make it clear that the law applies to the hoverboard.
Clarifying in a statement that the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law “requires all motor vehicles to be registered with the NYS DMV,” if they cannot be registered “they are not permitted.”
Therefore the hover board is illegal.
“Do I think this will deter people from buying hover boards? Probably,” Nunez said.
“To me it appeared to be a fad anyway. You know this isn’t a long lasting technology. We’re not going to be using these things to get to work any time soon.”
According to reports, if you are busted with this cutesy little board on any New York City street or sidewalk, you might be facing a fine that could be up to $500.