The Hoverboard Law – Think Twice Before Buying for Your Kid!
AB 604 was approved by Governor Brown on October 11, 2015. It effectively regulates the use of hoverboards! The law requires that all operators of electrically motorized boards (which includes hoverboards, swagways, self-balancing scooters, and personal transporters) to:
Wear a bicycle helmet while operating it on a highway, bikeway, or any other public bicycle path, SIDEWALK, or trail; and
Shall limit his or her speed to 15 mph or less and if on a highway, the highway speed limit must be 35 mph or less; and
The operator MUST be 16 years or older; and
The board must be equipped with safety equipment such as white head or front lights, rear red reflectors, and yellow or white side reflectors.
It also makes it a crime to operate electrically motorized boards while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Last, a motorized skateboard is not included within the definition of electrically motorized boards.
For reference, California Vehicle Code Section 313.5 defines an electrically motorized board as “any wheeled device that has a floorboard designed to be stood upon when riding…[and] is designed to transport only one person, and has an electric propulsion system…[with a maximum speed] of no more than 20 miles per hour. The device may be designed to also be powered by human propulsion.”