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‘Swegways’ illegal to ride in public, police warn

‘Swegways’ illegal to ride in public, police warn


Bad news for anyone who’s blown £200-plus on a trendy new ‘hoverboard’ or ‘swegway’ – they’re basically illegal.

Or at least, you can’t ride them legally in public in the UK.

The Metropolitan Police tweeted saying that the gadgets are technically motor vehicles, so can’t be used on pavements – but don’t meet official guidelines for use on roads, either.

Legally, according to advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, users have to stick to private property – and ask the permission of the landowner first.


The Met said: ‘They’re technically motor vehicles and therefore have to be registered, licensed and insured to ride on public roads.

‘The wheels are powered by electric motors which enable it to move, therefore legally it’s a “motor vehicle”.’

Let’s face it, you look a fool anyway