Is it illegal to ride a hoverboard in the UK?

Before you buy a Hoverboards Wholesale you should be aware that it is illegal to ride them on public roads and pavements in the UK.

This is because of an almost 200-year old law. The 1835 Highways Act states that people cannot use the footway to “lead of drive any horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description” which, sadly, includes hoverboards. But notice how it only mentions footways and not roads – can you ride your hoverboard in the road like a bike?

Again, no. Any motor vehicle used on the road needs the user to be licensed and insured, as well as the ‘vehicle’ itself, according to the ‘European community whole vehicle type approval’,
Hoverboards, mini-Segways, Swegways or self-balancing boards – whatever you call them, are great fun to ride, and they make great gifts.

The issue is that there are thousands available online, making it hard to work out which is best for your needs. That’s where we at Tech Advisor come in; as hoverboard experts, we’ll explain which features to consider when buying a Segways For Sale UK, as well as the laws regarding using their use. And of course, we will recommend which ones you should buy based on our hands-on testing.

What hoverboard wheel size do I need?
Like with many modes of transportation, wheel size is an important element to consider. Most hoverboards have quite small wheels, around 6.5-7in in size, to make compact and more efficient.

While that’s perfect for smooth surfaces, such as indoor flooring or the smooth floor you’ll find in a shopping center, Hoverboards they are not suited to uneven surfaces, sand or grass. On bumpy surfaces, such as uneven paving slabs, when the wheel regains contact with the ground, it’ll jerk forward and cause you to lose control – especially when riding at high speeds.
This means you have to ride slowly over uneven surfaces, even below walking pace, in order to stay balanced and safe.

There are other wheel sizes available, specifically 8in and 10in. The 8in wheels should provide a slightly higher level of stability than those using the 6.5-7in wheels, whilst preserving its relatively small and compact form factor. If you’re looking for something that can handle off-roading, we’d go for the 10in variant.

However, some designs feature a much larger single wheel, around 12-14in in size, that should handle uneven surfaces with ease. The fact that there’s only one wheel should negate any issues with losing control on uneven surfaces, as we’ve observed with riders on our daily commute. hoverkart uk We’ve even seen advanced Air Wheel users grab the rideable between their legs and jump up to pavements from road level, something that can’t be done with a standard hoverboard.

Who can ride a hoverboard?
Weight is an important element to consider – both the weight of the hoverboard and the rider. Generally, standard 7in hoverboards carry a weight limit of around 100KG, or around 15 stone 7 pounds for those of us in the UK.

For those of us that weigh more than 100KG, you have two options; you can either opt for the 10in hoverboard or the ‘AirWheel’, as generally speaking both can support heavier riders, with a weight limit of 120KG, or 18 stone 8lbs.

Safety warning
As you might recall, a spate of ‘fake’ hoverboards made their way to the UK back in fact, Buy Hoverboard UK examined from several UK ports were deemed dangerous by the National Trading Standards agency.

This is why it’s worth buying from a local supplier and checking that the boards comply with local safety regulations. In particular, UK buyers should look for CE markings, a proper UK charger with a UK mains plug and branded batteries from the likes of Samsung.

Also look for a company’s contact details and check the warranty policy: these are expensive devices and it’s important to be able to talk to the company should something go wrong. hummer hoverboard This is why it’s potentially risky to import them from China and other countries; often you will be liable for return shipping costs for warranty repairs and these can quickly mount up, as can import duty fees.