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Are Electric Skateboards Legal?

Find out more about eskate laws in your area. eSkate Hub explains where electric skateboards are legal and where they are not.
Are electric skateboards legal?

Please note: The information below should not be considered legal advice. The contents of this page are for general information purposes only. Whilst I endeavor to ensure that the information on this site is correct, I do not accept any liability for error or omission.

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Are Electric Skateboards Legal?

In most places around the world, the laws and regulations for electric skateboards are still yet to catch up with the communities demand for alternative transport options and are deemed illegal. But don’t be disheartened, there are some countries that are moving fast to create better eskate laws.

People are sick of sitting bumper-to-bumper in peak-hour traffic or standing on buses and trains filled to the brim and they want something more sustainable.

There are a whole host of benefits to riding an electric skateboard, from being great for the environment to being great for your mental health. There are very little if any downsides to riding electric skateboards, especially if we can create some laws and regulations to ensure not only the safety of eskaters but also cyclists and pedestrians.

The people of the eskate community are frustrated because eskating is a more practical, economical and enjoyable method of transport for them, yet most governments are not willing to cooperate and have flat out banned electric skateboards in all public areas.

There is a myriad of stories of encounters between eskaters and police officers. Some that result in the confiscation of the eboard and a fine being issued, and some, where the officer is completely understanding and only asks that the rider maintain a safe speed and continue wearing a helmet.

This has led to confusion among the eskate community about whether or not electric skateboards are legal in their city.

I have created this resource by going through countless government websites from around the world to find the relevant eskate laws in each country and state and compiling all of the information right here.

 

Are Electric Skateboards Legal in the US?

Across the US, at a Federal level, electric skateboards are illegal. Technically, they are unclassified, which means each state and city has the ability to regulate electric skateboards as they desire. Most states are still yet to implement any regulations, however, there are a few states including California, Texas and Michigan.

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Are Electric Skateboards Legal in the UK?

The short answer is no. Electric skateboards are not legal to ride in public areas in the UK. While they are not properly regulated, the police have so far been relatively cooperative with eskaters in London, Edinburgh and other major cities in the UK.

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Are Electric Skateboards Legal in Australia?

For the majority of the country, it is illegal to ride an electric skateboard in public areas. However, in some states of Australia, it is legal to ride an electric skateboard with certain limitations and requirements.

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Are Electric Skateboards Legal in Europe?

Europe is a big place and contains many different countries, each with its own governing laws. For the most part, electric skateboarding is legal in a lot of European countries, however, you should take a look to see what the specific regulations are in your country.

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After you’ve found where you can legally and/or safely ride an electric skateboard, it’s time to find yourself an electric skateboard so you can join in on the fun!

Can’t wait to see you out there!

Ride safe eSkaters!

Nate

Nate

I built eSkate Hub to help people find the perfect electric skateboard for their riding style and needs. I'm a skater, surfer and a bit of a tech-head so eskating is pretty much made for me. Now I want to share everything that I learn about eboards with others that also love this incredible sport!
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