Balance boards BANNED in UAE malls!
Bad news for youngsters whizzing around on their hover boards in Dubai's shopping centres. The boards have been banned by malls across Dubai following complaints from shoppers and business owners. The Department of Economic Development has made an official request following the popularity of the boards, according to 7DAYS newspaper.
Abdul Aziz Al Tannak, the director of commercial control at DED said: "We will put up signs banning the use of boards scooters across malls in co-ordination with the mall's management." He added: "We call on parents to prevent their children from using these devices in malls to avoid accidents and any legal liabilities that may follow."
Also, acording to police and mall officials, roads and pavements are off-limits to those who use the boards. Colonel Jamal Al Bannai, Acting Director of Dubai Traffic Police said: "Hover boards should be used in designated areas where there is no oncoming traffic or cars, places that are acceptable to walk on, such as inside homes, compounds, gardens, bicycle tracks or parks. They are not allowed on roads or pavements, because people who use these boards easily lose balance and fall on the road that could endanger their lives and other motorists." Which is exactly what happened recently following the death of a 6-year-old boy who was run over by a car in Abu Dhabi while using the board.
Colonel Bannai also added: "People using balance wheels are treated as pedestrians. If they are caught crossing the road from undesignated areas, they can be deemed jaywalkers and slapped a fine of Dh200."