Electric skateboarder speaks out after first ride ends in $600

CTV Vancouver News

A Vancouver electric skateboard enthusiast is speaking out after being fined $600 simply for riding his board on a city street. “I still can’t believe it when I look at (the ticket),” Daniel Dahlberg told CTV Vancouver on Sunday, describing his reaction as “mouth open, jaw hit the floor.”

Electric skateboards, or e-boards, look much like conventional skateboards but are propelled by an electric motor usually located on the underside of the vehicle. The rider controls the speed of the board, which can reach up to 35 km/h, using a handheld controller.

While they are growing in popularity around the world, B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act technically views the boards as cars. That means it’s illegal to ride e-boards on public property without insurance. But no insurers will cover e-boards…

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