One of the most popular new toys for Christmas 2015 was the hoverboard. Children (and grown ups) across the country are now getting around on these trendy gadgets.
It is important that hoverboard users are aware of the legal implications of “hoverboarding” outside the family home.
Hoverboards are considered to be “personal mobility devices” under Queensland law. The list of things that define what is a “personal mobility device” is as follows:-
• The device is designed for use by a single person;
• It is self-balancing while in use;
• It is powered by an electric motor;
• It has 2 wheels that operate on a single axis;
• It weighs less than 60kg when not carrying a person or load.
The rules of use for personal mobility devices include:-
• Children under 12 years old must not use a personal mobility device;
• If the operator is between 12-15 years, they must be supervised by an adult;
• You must wear an approved bicycle helmet;
• You must give way to pedestrians on paths;
• The device must have a working warning device such as a bell or a horn;
• The device must have a working flashing or steady white light on the front, and a red light and reflector at the rear when travelling at night.
When operating a personal mobility device, you must not:-
• Travel more than 12 km/hr;
• Carry any passengers;
• Use a hand-held mobile phone;
• Drink or be under the influence of alcohol;
• Travel along a road unless it is impractical not to.
Many parents are unaware that the new Christmas toy that their child is now riding comes under strict legal restrictions.
Helmet and age restriction offenders could be penalised with fines of $117.80, while exceeding the speed limit could cost you $157.00.
If your child is learning to use a hoverboard, make sure they are on private property and wearing a helmet.