THOSE getting out and about on their Christmas gift hoverboards, be aware - if you don't follow the (quite numerous) laws surrounding them, you could end with a fine.
Acting Sergeant Simon Robinson said hoverboards classify as a 'personal mobility device,' which means they can't be driven faster than 12km/hour.
Those who do could cop a $117 speeding fine.
Hoverboards can't be ridden on the road, except when there's an obstruction on the footpath, in which case the they can be ridden for up to 50 metres on the road.
Hoverboard use is also subject to a long list of other laws, many of which Act Sgt Robinson said people may be unaware.
"No one's probably even researched them when they've bought them as presents," he said.
Yet he said the rules were in place to protect users and pedestrians.
"If people play the fools on them, there's definitely potential for them to get hurt," he said.
"If they come around the corner and they're not on the left side of the footpath, (they could) run straight into a pedestrian."
Corry Cycles owner Evan Corry said hoverboards had been a popular Christmas gift.
"All ages (have purchased them), everybody's pretty interested," he said.
RACQ executive manager public policy Michael Roth said riders must also wear a helmet like any bike or segway riders.
"Additionally hoverboards must be fitted with a speed governor to keep them below 12km/h and a bell or warning device if people want to use them in public spaces," Mr Roth said.
He said many parents might be unaware the new Christmas toy they had purchased for their children came under these legal riding restrictions.
"Don't risk being slapped with a fine. Helmet and age restriction offenders could be penalised with fines..." he said.
"If your child is mastering the hoverboard, make sure they're on private property, and wearing a helmet."
Riding under 12: $117
Riding between 12 and 16 without a supervisor: $117
Using a mobile phone while riding: $353
Consuming alcohol while riding: $117
Riding at night without lights: $47
Failing to give way to a pedestrian: $78
Failing to wear a helmet: $78
Riding faster than 12km/h: $117
Riding on the road: $117
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