Roads Minister is not the Christmas Grinch, but...

THINKING about buying a hoverboard as a Christmas gift? Well, think again.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has issued a stern warning about the self-balancing hoverboards.

It seems he's not too impressed with these "personal electric transport devices", and he's more than happy to point out all the problems.

For starters, Mr Gay says, they have motors and can travel at 26km/h, "yet require no training to use them".

"They don't have adequate brakes and don't have lights or warning indicators, meaning they can't interact safely with other road users like pedestrians," he said.

"What's more, riders endanger themselves because they're unprotected around other vehicles like cars and trucks."

And, if that's not enough to cross the hoverboard off your Christmas wish list, they're not even legal to use on NSW roads.

In fact you could receive a hefty fine - $637 for using a hoverboard on the road, or $319 for using it on a footpath.

"I don't want to be the Christmas Grinch, but ... these new toys have real safety concerns," Mr Gay said.

Mr Gay said road safety experts at the Centre for Road Safety were working on national laws and safety standards for these "personal electric transport devices".



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