They’re the newest personal transportation option- and British police are banning them, except on private property.
Self-balancing scooters are kind of like a sideways skateboard, only they’re electric and users lean forward or backward to control them. So why don’t police like them?
Gizmodo reports that law enforcement authorities are trying to figure out how to regulate this affordable and futuristic form of transportation. According to the Metropolitan Police, section 72 of the United Kingdom’s Highway Act 1835 classifies the scooters, along with “personal transporters” like Segways “as motor vehicles, subject to road traffic laws.” That means you need a license and registration to ride one on public roads. That also means you can’t ride the on sidewalks.