BEIJING,CHINA – China’s capital banned Segways and self-balancing scooters, commonly called hoverboards, from all public roads, bike paths and walkways as of Aug. 29, the Beijing Evening News reported on Monday.As it stands gyroscopically-balanced Segways and electric-drive rideables are not considered road legal and must instead only be used on private property or indoor venues.
According to the traffic police, self-balancing scooters have been banned, because vehicles have a significant maximum speed of 30km/h and brakes that may not work well, causing potential safety issues in the traffic.
The newly-updated self-balancing devices are increasingly popular among riders of all ages in big Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
Latest research from the Beijing Consumers Association has shown that 19 out of 20 electric scooters and Segways couldn’t brake easily. 16 out 20 of those tested could exceed the speed limit of 20km/h, the advisory speed for scooters and segway-type products in China.
As a result, many cities in China including Shanghai have banned electric scooters on public roads.