Electrically motorized self-balancing vehicles, also known as Hover boards, were one of the biggest trends of 2015, and this looks set to continue into 2016. If you own one of these, then it is important that you are aware of the regulations that are in place with regards to riding them.

A new law was passed in California that came into effect on January 1 2016, replacing a previous law that had meant these type of boards had been banned for forty years. The definition of an electronically motorized board for the purposes of this law is any wheeled device that can be stood on that does not travel more than 15 miles an hour. These boards can be used on roadways, pathways and bicycle lanes, providing that the following recommendations are met.

  • In order to use one of these boards you must be aged at least 16 years old.
  • A helmet must be worn at all times when riding on the highway, sidewalks, bikeways or bicycle paths, and trails.
  • If the board is being used on a road, the speed limit must be below 35 mph, unless a bicycle lane is being used.
  • When the board is being used in any public place, the rider must not exceed a speed of 15 mph.
  • If the board is being used at night, safety equipment such as lights and reflectors should be used at all times.
  • The board must not be operated by anybody that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two.
  • Any person convicted of being in violation of this law can be fined up to $250.
  • It should also be remembered that these rules do not apply to any campus of the UCLA. This is because the University is able to set their own regulations about the transportation that can be used on campus, and at the moment these boards are prohibited in hallways and walkways.