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Boris Johnson wants to legalise Segway-style 'hoverboards' in London

Isabelle Aron

Boris Johnson may have accidentally rugby tackled a ten-year-old recently, but don't hold that against him - he's down with the kids, really. After the Metropolitan Police announced that 'hoverboards' were classed as unlicensed vehicles, making them illegal on London's streets and pavements, Boris has come out in defence of the self-balancing scooters. Why? Because of what he calls 'intergenerational fairness'. Yep, Boris is comparing mobility scooters to Segways, because a scooter is a scooter, right? Or in his words, 'if the oldsters can charge towards you on their terrifying chariots, the youngsters should be able to waft on their boards.' The London mayor says he wants to legalise the scooters, having consulted with TfL experts who say the rule is 'hogwash'. So hold tight, 'hoverboard'-owners of London, with any luck you'll be able to waft around on your scooters again soon - just watch out for those silver-haired speed demons.

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