Self-balancing scooters

This mandatory safety standard applies to self-balancing scooters.

About self-balancing scooters

A self-balancing scooter is a ride-on device that:

  • has 1 or 2 wheels;
  • has no steering grips, seat or handlebars; and
  • is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable via connection to a mains power supply.

Self-balancing scooters are also known as:

  • hoverboards
  • monoboards
  • gliders
  • smart boards
  • sky walkers
  • mod boards.

Mandatory standard

The Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018 sets out the mandatory requirements for the supply of self-balancing scooters.

The mandatory standard was updated on 9 April 2019 and sets out safety requirements that self-balancing scooters must comply with.

More information is available in the Explanatory Statement available on the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Key requirements

A self-balancing scooter must comply with one of the following three compliance options covering requirements for design, construction and performance. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance. Suppliers should refer to the Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018 for the full requirements:

  1. Relevant sections of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and voluntary Australian/New Zealand standards, or
  2. Relevant sections of the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. standard UL 2272, or
  3. The Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2016 (with variations), as in force or existing immediately before the mandatory standard commenced.

Access to standards information

The mandatory standard is based on voluntary Australian and international standards which can be purchased from either the SAI Global website (https://www.saiglobal.com), the IEC website (https://webstore.iec.ch) or the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. website (https://standardscatalog.ul.com).

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of these standards available for viewing at one of its offices, subject to licensing conditions.

 

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