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Hoverboard & E-Skateboard: That applies to road traffic

Hoverboards and e-skateboards are fun. But are they also allowed? ADAC lawyers explain where you can drive the electric boards, whether insurance is necessary, who pays for damage after accidents.

  • Street, sidewalk and pedestrian zone are taboo

  • Accidents: Personal liability does not pay

  • Actually a driver's license is required

Hoverboardsare two-wheeled vehicles without Handlebar. It is controlled by shifting your weight. Agyroscope, also called a gyro stabilizer, prevents the electric boards from tipping over while driving. Also Electric skateboards are steered, accelerated and braked by shifting your weight using a radio remote control or an app.

Where are hoverboards and electric skateboards allowed to go?

Both are only allowed in the "delimited non-public traffic“Be moved - for example on severed or locked Courtyards or the terrace. The reason: Means of transport that are "design-related", i.e. without their own physical exertion,faster than 6 km / h need a seat, handlebars, brakes, lights and a mirror. Hoverboards and e-scateboards don't have all of that, but they are faster than 6 km / h. That's why public roads and Streets taboo for them.

Do you need liability insurance?

Actually, given their design-related top speed, the electric boards should have over 6 km / h when used in public Road traffic compulsorily insured be. However, such insurance is not offered: after all, the companions are allowed to do so not in public transport be moved. If damage occurs during unauthorized use, the driver must be personally liable.

In front of use in the demarcated non-public Road traffic should urgently checked will be whether the private liability insurance intervenes if damage is caused. In most cases, this should not be the case. Therefore, the risk to the driver is high here too Property damage or personal injury have to pay out of pocket.

Is a driver's license compulsory?

Yes. Only: the legislature did not care about hoverboards and Co. when it stipulated the current driver's license vehicle classes. It is therefore not possible to say which specific driver's license class would be required to legally move a hoverboard in public streets.

Theoretically, the boards could fall under the motorcycle classes AM, A1, A2, A, but also under the car class B. The result: Anyone who does not have a corresponding driving license class with a hoverboard on the road drives, is also a criminal offense according to § 21 StVG (driving without a driver's license).

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