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City councilman says would push to legalize hoverboards in NYC, but with limitations

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NEW YORK — Though the NYPD banned 2015's hottest gadget "hoverboards" from New York City streets, one city councilman said he would push to legalize them, but with limitations.

NYPD's 26th Precinct tweeted out earlier this week that hoverboards are illegal, according to NYC Admin Code 19-176.2. Though the code's definition of a "motorized scooter" doesn't fit a hoverboard description, it's still banned from city streets.

To clarify, the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law “requires all motor vehicles to be registered with the NYS DMV,” if they cannot be registered “they are not permitted.”

However, there is a push to legalize them to some degree.

The Bronx City Councilman Andy King told PIX11 he would draft new legislation that if passed, would allow New Yorkers to ride hoverboards in certain places.

"The uses of the hoverboards would be on sidewalks, in playgrounds or parks," King said.

"Primarily for safety reasons because we don't want [person on] a hoverboard that can travel at a maximum of six miles an hour think they can ride on the streets of Manhattan, or the streets of Queens, Brooklyn, or any streets of New York City, and start competing with trucks or buses," King told PIX11.

Hoverboards became a popular gadget among millennials, dancers and celebrities this year. The futuristic gadgets also made it onto Time's "Best Inventions of 2015" list. A hoverboard can cost between $400 to more than $1,000.

If New Yorkers are caught using a hoverboard in the city, they can get receive a $200 fine.