Press Release Article


Date: Mar 18, 2016
Press Release Number: 40-2016

With the safety of PATH riders and its employees as its top priority, PATH announced that hoverboards will no longer be permitted in stations or on board trains due to safety concerns related to these motorized scooters.

“While there have been no incidents on our PATH system, we are taking a proactive approach by banning these hoverboards,” said PATH Director Michael Marino. “Across the nation, there have been reports of injuries and fires caused by these hoverboards, and we want to ensure the continued safety of our riders and employees.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official notice regarding compliance with hoverboard safety standards set by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The federal agency deemed hoverboards unsafe unless manufacturers meet UL’s safety requirements.

PATH currently prohibits customers from the personal use in train stations of wheeled vehicles, such as skateboards, skates or scooters. Customers are also barred from possessing hazardous or flammable materials in the PATH system, and the lithium-ion batteries used to power hoverboards pose the risk of fire.

Mass transit systems across the country have issued regulations and instituted bans on hoverboards, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Amtrak and NJ Transit. The use of hoverboards is prohibited at the airports, and most major airlines prohibit hoverboards on board its aircraft.

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