News & Views

28th June 2016

New Safety Standards for Non-Compliant Hoverboard Accessories

From July, all suppliers of self-balancing scooters, known as hoverboards, will be subjected to safety requirements same as those applied to refrigerators and heaters, to ensure the batteries, power supply and the unit are compatible.

Victoria is leading the way in drafting a proposed new national electrical standards for hoverboards. The call for safety standards came after the incident where a Melbourne home was almost burnt to the ground due to a hoverboard that went up in flames.

The supplier will now be required to apply for a certificate of compliance to Energy Safe Victoria before the hoverboards can be sold, and must clearly advertise that they have obtained the certificate.

The certificate of compliance will ensure consumers can clearly see the products they are purchasing are safe for use.