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New York - City DOT Clarifies Law, Says "Hoverboards" Are Illegal In NYC

Published on: November 19, 2015 03:09 PM
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New York - In an attempt to quell confusion over the legality of the handlebar-less motorized devices known as “hoverboards” that are becoming increasingly more visible on the city’s streets, DOT reps confirmed on Wednesday that the self-balancing vehicles are in fact “illegal” and that riding one in public could cost you up to $500 in fines.

ABC7NY.com (http://7ny.tv/1j8YSaI) reports that confusion over the legality of “hoverboards” has stemmed in large part from the failure of the DOT so far to officially “name” the devices, thus restricting it from officially placing the vehicle on the list of other vehicles currently banned from city streets, like go-karts, mini-bikes, off-road motorcycles, and golf carts.

Confusion intensified after the 26th Precinct recently sent out a tweet reminding the public that the crafts are illegal.


In confirming the illegality of “hoverboards,” DOT reps said the device is viewed as a motor vehicle that cannot be registered by the Department of Motor Vehicles in New York.

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 Nov 19, 2015 at 03:17 PM What else Says:

What about motorized wheelchairs?


 Nov 19, 2015 at 03:57 PM knowitall1 Says:

What about on sidewalks and in parks?


 Nov 19, 2015 at 04:42 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

This is just their opinion but it hasn't been help up in court. According to legal sources it needs to have a handlebar to be included in this law. There was a similar case recently with someone riding a unicylcle on a sidewalk.


 Nov 19, 2015 at 05:21 PM MazelKGH Says:

Yidden, keep in mind that these laws and rules are for goyim only. Surely for a mitzvah of chesed or if you're late for shul, h hop on these arrogant and menacing gadgets and get going. To be sure make sure your tzitzis are tucked inside your underpants so it doesn't interfere with the motor and lead to injuries C"V.


 Nov 19, 2015 at 08:48 PM BoruchN Says:

It's a 'mitzvah' to run to 'schul' for a 'minyan.' Rambam Shulchan Arooch


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