Hoverboards on UK streets

Is it legal or illegal using a self-balancing scooter?

The rules of the road or the err… pavement.

You’ve probably seen online videos of people using hoverboards, swegways. You might’ve already seen people zipping past you on the streets with them. But what is the legality of riding them in public places? Here we have some handy facts to keep you on the right side of the law.

Where can’t I ride an electric scooter?

Unfortunately it is illegal to ride self-balancing scooters on the streets in the UK. Because they are motorised, they must follow the same rules as Segway’s. This means that they cannot be ridden on public roads or pavements and are only legal on private property – as long as you have permission from the landlord. Does that mean you can ride them in places like shopping centres? The smooth, flat surfaces are perfect for hoverboards. Though most shopping centres are privately owned, the vast majority disapprove of scooters passing through their electric transport wonderlands.

So where can I ride them?

A lot of parks in London allow the use of self-balancing scooters but keep a watchful eye for signs which ban them. You don’t want to get yourself into any trouble!

Why can’t I ride them in public places?

The law is there to ensure everyone is able to live a safe life. But it is often set by people who are stuck in their ways. New technology is scary, and until they know how to control it, it’s easier for them to ban it. The future awaits… We’ll see where it takes us. We predict a relaxation of the law as electric scooters become a more important part of people’s travel options but until then you can put pressure on the government by signing this petition and writing to your MP.


The future is bright. The age of urban transport is upon us. So hop on and enjoy!


So what can urban transport do for me?

As ‘self-balancing’ scooters and electric scooters become more common across the UK, more people are starting to realise how much they can change their transport experience. Whether it’s commuting to work or simply riding around a park for pleasure, it’s good to know what your scooter can do. Here we take a look at the benefits of self balancing scooters, and cover some basic safety tips. .

  • They can’t achieve a speed higher than 15 miles per hour, but this is pretty fast! We’ll warn you though, that this speed is quite difficult to achieve and to keep up as in order to get to that speed continuously, the surface needs to be flat in order to have maximum control of your scooter. After all, this is supposed to be fun – we don’t want you ending up injured!
  • What better way to look after the planet? Not only is it fun riding your scooter, but they produce no emissions. They are the king of eco-friendly transport.
  • For those of you who are limited in your movement or suffer from joint pains. You’ll find these scooters to be a great way of getting out of the house and doing some exercise. Trust me, I know recently from experience after slipping a disk! The scooters help strengthen your core muscles and lower limbs, limiting the impact that the joints have to put up when doing other forms of exercise like running.

These are just a few of the benefits of owning a self-balancing scooter. We’re sure you’ll find more when you get one yourself. And remember the most important thing about a self-balancing scooter is have fun and be happy!

PET, because we believe in change for a better future

For more information on where you can and can’t ride them please read Section 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

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