Are electric skateboards legal in your country? Check with our list

The most asked question by our customers. And sometimes hard to answer, we gathered a list of answers per country. This list shows if you can ride your electric skateboard on public roads. We are working on getting all the details per country, so stick to bicycle lanes just to be safe. Unless you live in New York or France, then nobody cares.

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Last update: 13 jan 2020

Map showing European country’s where you can ride electric skateboards. Grey is still unknown to us.

Are Electric Skateboards Legal?

Each country has its own rules. Sometimes it is even regulated differently per city. Always do some research before you go riding in foreign countries. We always recommend wearing a helmet, even if it is not required by local law. Find out below if you can ride in your local neighborhood or at your holiday destinations.

🇪🇺Europe

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿United Kingdom
No. In the UK it is unofficially grey, because there is no specific legislation for electric skateboards. Hoverboards, Onewheels and Electric Scooters are all banned in public places but as of yet Electric skateboards remain unlegislated. The UK police does love to give heavy fines if they catch you, so watch out.

🇮🇪Ireland
No. Illegal. Unless its a 250w electric and human assisted pedelac, it’s a motorized vehicle. Tax and insurance and vehicle type approval required to use on the roads. And as insurance is not possible right now, no go.

🇧🇪Belgium 
Yes. The land of chocolate and waffles has a great attitude towards electric skateboards as they fall under the same category as Segways. Allowing riders to use them on the same roads as bicycles, limited to 20km/h. 

🇳🇱Netherlands
No. Everything that is not a bicycle is illegal. The Fatdaddy team lives here and is fighting for legislation, sign our petition! Till then, you can not ride electric skateboards on public roads.

🇩🇪Germany
No. If you want to hop on your electric scooter in Germany you can do that as long as you don’t go faster then 20km/h, wear protective gear and have an insurance. Electric skateboards and Onewheel’s are still not allowed as you NEED handlebars and a registration, number plate and insurance.

🇫🇷France
Oui oui! It is legal to ride electric skateboards in France. You must be at least 12 years old and ride at a maximum speed of 25 km/h.

🇪🇸Spain
Yes. In Spain it’s regulated with basic rules done per city. Cities like Barcelona have fully embraced electric skateboards and electric scooters. 
(thank you Samux)

🇵🇹Portugal
Not sure. Couldn’t find anything. If you’re Portuguese, let us know!

🇮🇹Italy
Yes. Bonjorno, Italy legalised electric skateboards. Every city can make their own rules. Allowed to circulate in urban areas, prior municipal deliberation, in pedestrian areas, on footpaths and cycle paths, in cycle lanes and reserved lanes, in zones and on roads with a speed limit of 30 km/. 

🇬🇷Greece
Grey area. In Greece they are working on legalising electric skateboards and electric scooters right now, fingers crossed.

🇨🇭Switzerland
No. It really is illegal here and the police can take your electric skateboard away from you.

🇵🇱Poland
Not sure. Under the new proposals, electric rides will be treated as bicycles, and will only be allowed to use sidewalks if there is no cycle lane and the sidewalk is sufficiently large.

🇭🇷Croatia
Yes. In Croatia max power for electric bikes is 1/4 kW and 25kmh without pedaling and all other vehicles without pedals like electric skateboards go in a moped category that’s up to 4kW and 45kmh. Basically, they can be ridden on bike paths and sidewalks, but law has not defined it quite precisely yet.

🇨🇿Czechia
Not sure. Prague banned Segways a while back, now bicycles, and it somewhat applies for the scooters too.

🇦🇹Austria
Yes. Hoverboards, and other small electric devices are to be used on the sidewalk but only if it does not endanger pedestrians. Note that electric scooters are definitely considered bikes and thus are not allowed to go there.

🇱🇹 Lithuania
Not sure. In Lithuania it’s up to 250w for E bikes and e-scooters.

🇮🇸Iceland
Yes. The remote island located in the North Atlantic Ocean, we’re not sure how to ship packages there but electric scooters and electric skateboards are legal! 

🇩🇰Denmark
Yes. The Danish government have recently approved many electric vehicles as of 1/1/2019, of course with some restrictions. Max speed of 20km/h, minimum age of 15 years and you have to have lights on the rider or board. With no mandatory insurance or registration needed!

🇸🇪Sweden
Yes. Good news for people living in Sweden is that electric skateboards have recently been assimilated as bikes and given the same rights with a few speed limitations. The maximum speed is 20km/h with a max power of 250W. If you have one that is push powered with only assistance you can do 25km/h.

🇫🇮Finland
Finland allows the electric skateboard to be classified the same as a bicycle. There is still a 1kW limit, but the legal speed raises to 25 km/h

🇳🇴Norway
Yes. Also just legalized light electric vehicles considering them the same as bicycles. Norwegians don’t need an insurance, registration or admission to ride. Permitted maximum speed is 20 km/h, you need head and tail lights, reflectors, a certain braking power and a signal horn or signal bell. However, exceptions to these requirements may be granted where such equipment can not be fitted.

🇺🇸United States

California
Yes. California is California so it’s basically legal throughout the state. Riders in California are allowed to use electric skateboards on bicycle paths and roads as long a a helmet is worn and the rider is over 16. They also require that they have lights and reflectors, in practice this usually means that a set of Shredlights or similar is enough for most cops to not be too bothered. They are however defined as a wheeled device with a propulsion system of less than 1000W and a max speed of 20mph.

Michigan
Yes. The Michigan House of Representatives has recently passed legislation that would allow electric skateboards to go on the same roads as bikes and cars do.

Florida
Yes. Only on streets where the speed limit is 25mph, and only where bicycles are permitted.

Oceania

🇦🇺Australia, Queensland
Yes. For the Australian Road Rules, a person in or on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy is a pedestrian, not a rider (as in cyclist) and not a vehicle. A recent change in the law allows for ‘personal mobility vehicles’ to be used in Public Spaces and Road related areas. More generally you have to be over 16, wearing a helmet and many rules which apply to cars like not being drunk or using a mobile phone plus you’ll need some lights on while travelling at night.

Asia

🇸🇬Singapore
Yes. Introduced e-skate laws allowing them to be used on footpaths up to 15km/h and 25km/h on cycle paths but still technically illegal on the roads.

10 Comments to “ Are electric skateboards legal in your country? Check with our list”

  1. Björn Aeschlimann says :Reply

    Any news about electric skateboards in Switzerland?
    I saw it’s legal here, but the police just told me off. They took pictures and told me not to use it again.

    1. alex says :Reply

      what was the fine

  2. Lenaert says :Reply

    The Netherlands is not working on it. Sadly it is illegal and that doesn’t seem to change anytime soon

    1. Bart says :Reply

      Well, that’s were you are wrong. They are working on it, the goverment sees allot of potential in it. But yes the Netherlands is slow af and it might take a year :c

  3. Are Electric Skateboards Legal? says :Reply

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  4. Why You Should Build Your Own Electric Skateboard says :Reply

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    1. Jan says :Reply

      sadly E-Skateboards are not legal in Switzerland…

  5. benoit jadinon says :Reply

    Hi, in Belgium, limit is now 25km/h, which is just a couple km/h short for any respectable e-skate :-/

  6. Carlos Weber says :Reply

    I d’like to know how the process is going in UK, on bus drive was crazy saying that is illegal and the police stoped me and asked to me to go in the path.

  7. Darryl Harris says :Reply

    United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin Esk8 is legal on roads only, but the cops don’t mess with you if you ride on the sidewalks or bike paths. Milwaukee is an Esk8 friendly city. Scooters are the same.

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