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Burbank Police Department, California
Wednesday December 30th, 2015 :: 11:20 a.m. PST


New CA Vehicle Code Laws for Hoverboards

New CA Vehicle Code Laws for Hoverboards, aka Electrically Motorized Boards, take effect on January 1, 2016

The California State Legislature has addressed hoverboards with new laws and definitions, as explained in Assembly Bill 604 and codified in the California Vehicle Code (CVC).

The Burbank Police Department wants to ensure our community is aware of the new laws.

CVC 313.5: Defines hoverboards, as a wheeled device with a floorboard less than 60” x 18” and travels no more than 20 MPH on a level surface.

CVC 21292: Riders must be at least 16 years old.

CVC 21292(a): Riders must wear a bicycle type helmet.

CVC 21293(a): During darkness, the rider or board must emit a white light to the front, red reflector to the rear and a white or amber reflector to the sides (just like bicycles).

CVC 21294(a): The board can’t be operated on any street with a speed limit of more than 35 MPH.

CVC 21296(a): A rider cannot be under the influence of alcohol or any drug.

A violation of these vehicle codes is punishable as an infraction.

In addition, the City of Burbank has a municipal code, which states hoverboards and other similar conveyances, like scooters and bicycles, can’t be ridden in City owned parking lots and in the Village/Downtown area when signs are posted.

The above information is abridged. For more detailed information on AB 604, please follow this link:

Burbank Police Department, California
200 North Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 818-238-3000

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