NJ Transit Bans Hoverboards

NEWARK, N.J. — Great Scott! NJ Transit has banned hoverboards on all trains, buses, light rail and Access Link vehicles, at stations and outlying property.

The ban started Feb. 10.  Customers and employees will no longer be permitted to ride, charge, store or transport the devices on the NJ TRANsystem and at stations or facilities.

“NJ Transit prides itself on putting the safety of customers and employees first,” NJ Transit interim Executive Director Dennis J. Martin said in a news release.  “Through news accounts nationwide, we have seen too many cases of people falling and seriously injuring themselves or, in some instances, the devices sparking flames.”

The restrictions come as mass transit systems across the country begin to implement regulations on hoverboards.  Recently, Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and commuter rail agencies in Chicago and Southern California have banned the devices.  Most major U.S. airlines prohibit hoverboards on board aircraft, and various college campuses have restricted students from having the devices in on-campus housing complexes.

NJ Transit currently prohibits customers from riding in-line skates and skateboards on board trains, buses and light rail vehicles and has regulations pertaining to the transportation of bicycles including a requirement that bicycles must be walked on platforms and inside station buildings.