A Vancouver man is “flabbergasted” after his first ride on his new,
motorized longboard ended with a $598 fine.
Daniel Dahlberg, 25, was on his way to work, riding a Boosted Board v2 that
he’d purchased just two days earlier from West 4th Avenue’s Boarder Labs.
After rolling down a hill and coming to a stop at 3rd Avenue and Maple in
Kitsilano, a Vancouver police officer on a motorcycle pulled him over, then
wrote him a ticket.
“My jaw dropped to the ground and he hands me the ticket and it was for
$598,” Dahlberg said. “That’s the most absurd part of everything.”
It may be absurd, but it’s the law. According to ICBC, motorized
skateboards and scooters cannot be operated on roads or sidewalks in B.C.
The Motor Vehicle act defines both as motor vehicles, but they don’t meet
provincial equipment safety standards for on-road use. One exception is if
the motorized scooter is part of a parade, but then it must be insured, and
Dahlberg’s one-man parade had no insurance, as the officer pointed out upon
writing the ticket.
“I asked him why,” Dahlberg said. “He said it’s because I had no insurance..
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