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 Post subject: Hoverboards
PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:33 pm 
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Many of you might have seen a hoverboard rolling down YSW Main Street these last few week and months. Quite a few children of friends have received one under the Christmas tree and they're becoming an increasingly common sight, similar to drones that you can see more and more over Lamma.

What's the official position on this? I've asked our brand-new Police Chief, Ms. Solid Kwan, for comment, but besides a lot of legalese, I've only got a link so far and this notice has been going up, which basically says, they're all illegal in any public place:

There's a Govt. press release about "Mobility Devices: mini-motor cycles, motor-driven bicycles, motor-driven skateboards and electric unicycles":

"In order to ensure road safety and smooth flow of traffic, electric bicycle, hoverboard and unicycle should not be used on roads. Possible summons action under Cap 228 S4(8) may be initiated against those on ride or drive it. Transport Department has recently published a (Chin.) notice "LCQ19 : Mobility devices" on Facebook."

Reading the Govt. press release, all these devices cannot be used ANYWHERE PUBLIC, except “inside individual private properties, recreational or sports venues or other non-public places, in compliance with the rules and requirements on the use imposed by those in-charge of the venue.”

So they’re illegal almost everywhere on Lamma?
No details on registration (see below) available as they're NOT allowed in any public spaces and are not "motor vehicles".

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 Post subject: Re: Hoverboards
PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:42 am 
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Cheap unregulated manufacture + high powered battery = explosion

Happened a few years ago with phones, these are much bigger and hold more energy.

CNET wrote:
Here are the reasons why so many hoverboards are catching fire
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have now been 12 incidents in the United States where the lithium ion batteries in these hoverboards reportedly caught fire -- destroying bedrooms and even entire homes.

The fires have started in all sorts of different circumstances, too. According to owners and witnesses, some of the hoverboards exploded while charging, others while riding and one while it was simply sitting near a kiosk in a Washington shopping mall. (There have been several other hoverboard fires reported in the UK, and at least one in Hong Kong.)

Here's the really scary part: there's no single reason why these hoverboards are exploding, and there's no sure-fire way to avoid potential catastrophe if you want to buy one yourself. There's no particular brand of hoverboard to avoid -- they all seem to come from thousands of interchangeable factories in China -- or any label on the box that guarantees a product won't explode. And much of the advice we've seen issued by local fire departments and government agencies isn't likely to help.

 Post subject: Re: Hoverboards
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:55 am 
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And whilst not trying to be a further spoilsport, I saw firsthand over Christmas, someone toppling off (well, hurtling over would be a better description), resulting in being knocked out and suffering a broken wrist too boot. Dangerous thingies, these. Mind you, I enjoyed having a go :D

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