According to the Daily News “Be advised that the electric #hoverboard is illegal as per Admin. Code 19-176.2.”Riding your self-balanced scooter — aka “hoverboard” — could get you in trouble in New York City.
The NYPD’s 26th precinct, which covers Morningside Heights and parts of West Harlem, tweeted out Monday that electric hoverboards are illegal according to NYC Admin.
An NYPD spokeswoman told the Daily News that according to sections 401-a and 401-b under New York State Law’s Article 14, NY Vehicle and Traffic Law, hoverboards are prohibited since they are considered motor vehicles that cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If someone were to get caught riding a hoverboard in the street, highway, parking lot or even sidewalk, they could potentially face a fine of up to $200. So just to be on the safe side, it’s better to keep using hoverboards at the park and at home — or the office if your boss is cool with it.