A lot of the provincial traffic acts have not been updated to meet today’s reality. Most of these interpretations are based on Acts written before the proliferation of motorized self-propelled devices such as scooters, Segway, and hoverboards. In fact, Manitoba’s traffic Acts describes a “hovercraft,” but that definition could not be applied to a hoverboard.
In most if not all the provinces, it is illegal to ride your hoverboard on the roadways, sidewalks, or highways. As a result, you could face fines or get in problems with the police if you disobey these regulations. Not all provinces have implemented a fee if riders are caught, but there are stories of riders being ticketed. So, while we may not like the laws, we still have to adhere to them.
Based on the laws throughout the provinces, the safest place to ride your hoverboard is on private property where you have the permission of the owner to do so. So, if you want to use yours to go off-roading, make sure to get a good quality off-road hoverboards that can hold-up to the rigours of the outdoors.
When in doubt, try a folding electric scooter
Across the world, most cities have banned hoverboards in public spaces. Plus, with the many instances of hoverboards exploding, persons are also prevented from taking these boards on public transportation such as airplanes and trains.
As hoverboards and other low-powered vehicles get more and more popular, we may see the laws change to meet the times. As it now stands, you just need to know where you are allowed to use a hoverboard to prevent running afoul of the law.
As is often said, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and this will not stop you from being ticketed for breaking the laws. If you want to make sure about what is allowed or not, then check your province regulations AND your local city regulations/bylaws.
Still not sure if you can legally ride a hoverboard on the sidewalk or street where you live? If you’re still concerned and want a hoverboard-type machine, then consider getting a folding electric scooter. Folding scooters or kick scooters may be a better option because they would be considered legal as long as you are powering them.
But, if you want a hoverboard and plan to use it on private property, well here are some guidelines on what to look out for when buying a hoverboard online in Canada.