The hoverboards have become one of the biggest technologies over the last few years but authorities in France say that they are illegal to use in public. The technology is made up of a small platform with a wheel on each side similar to a segway, in fact they are often called segway hoverboards or self balancing scooters. The law in France says that the hoverboards can only be used on private property and not out on public streets or roads.
According to the law they are self propelled vehicles so they are banned from being used on the pavement and they are also banned from the roads. Well, technically they are not banned from the roads but you need a driving license and insurance to ride one on the road. Despite this they are an insurance risk for business owners so naturally they are not allowed to be used in places like super markets or car parks where the owner could be at risk of being sued. This does not leave many options for the hoverboards to be used on but in or around your own home is perfectly fine and legal.
The segway hoverboards or hoverboard have exploded in popularity in the last few years with famous footballers and other celebrities showing off on them on their social media accounts. This has caused a huge interest in them and they are now one of the most popular gifts on the market despite being plagued with issues at the start of their existence.
In Ireland there is a law being pushed through to allow self propelled electric vehicles on the roads. This would include the hoverboards big brother the electric scooter which is more of a mode of transport than a toy. At the moment to use a hoverboard in Ireland you can only use it on private property the same as in France and most other European countries.