An Ingenious Piece of Engineering – Hoverboard admin October 30, 2015 Entertainment, Lifestyle Finally, something really stellar that we can all rise up to and push forward in this fast moving millennia, introducing the self balance electric hoverboard! What took you so long, guys? Masterful and simple engineering is how it works with a calculated measure of physics, being the ubiquitous magnet. This piece of crackerjack kit relies on superconductors and magnets, thus when combined resists the force of gravity and you have lift-off! Legendary! Still confused? Do you recall the Maglev trains in Japan that achieved spine-tingling speeds of 374 miles per hour, the principles are the exactly the same to that of the hoverboard, but at a much leisurely pace. The dreadful news is that you cannot use it in public! Thanks to Sir Christopher Cockerell, we have the long-established hovercraft, hoverbike, failed hovercar, now the hoverboard and why not? The Crown Prosecution Service has officially banned all such “personal transporters”, “self-balancing scooters” including hoverboards and Segways from the British Isles footpath. So, why hoverboards must be legalised? The Highway Act 1835, and we just wish to point out that we are fast approaching 2 centuries on and our statute refers to the following:- “If any person shall wilfully ride upon any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers; Or shall wilfully lead or drive any horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description, or any truck or sledge, upon any such footpath or causeway; or shall tether any horse, ass, mule, swine, or cattle, on any highway, so as to suffer or permit the tethered animal to be thereon.” When was the last time you saw a farmer trying to drag his mule across Bond Street in London’s rush hour? Yeah, things have changed just a tad since those romantic times but the hoverboard will pose a major dilemma. It would also be unfair to make a comparison of a leisure “vehicle” against a disability or otherwise known as invalid carriages, which are restricted to 4 mph. However, roller skates on the other hand has failed to make it in case law as to whether it’s categorised as a “vehicle”? Regretfully at present, you are only allowed to fly freely on your hoverboard on private land. There are bus lanes, taxi lanes and cycle lanes today? Tomorrow, a hoverboard lane? So form an orderly queue folks, and sign up here as to why hoverboards must be legalised.