The MTA recently announced the ban of hoverboards on trains, buses, and at stations in the New York City area. The motorized device has become a popular, and controversial, method of transportation over the past year.
The ban stems from problems regarding the safety of the device. There have been various incidents that threatened the safety of hoverboard owners and operators, including fires caused by the combustion of the lithium ion batteries inside. The malfunction has resulted in multiple burn injuries. Other cases report slip and fall injuries resulting from balance difficulty.
The hoverboard resembles a hands free Segway. Much like a skateboard or pair of roller skates, hoverboards are predominately used on sidewalks and public areas. The two-wheeled device runs off battery power and is controlled by the rider’s feet.
Hoverboards have already stirred up controversy in NYC as they were made illegal last year. While some see them as a convenient method of transportation, the NYPD has stressed the safety concerns they create for the riders as well as the pedestrians around them.
Not only has the use of hoverboards been banned on MTA property, but the possession of them has been banned as well. They create a hazardous environment in crowded areas such as stations, trains, and buses even when they are not in use because of the potential fire risk.
The MTA’s territory includes the New York City Subway, New York City Buses, Metro North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, and the Staten Island Railway. These transportation systems stretch throughout New York City, Long Island, Southeastern New York State, and Connecticut. The MTA serves a population of 15.2 million people.
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