Possible banning of hoverboards on public transportation

Public transportation in Western Massachusetts is looking to ban hoverboards like the MBTA.

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, MBTA, public transportation, which serves the Boston area, announced this week that they have banned hoverboards from its buses, subways and trolleys.

It will also include at the stations and on any MBTA property.

The new technology is run by lithium powered batteries and has caused problems for some owners.

The MBTA sites fires, explosions and other injuries as reasons for banning these hoverboards. Public transportation in Western Massachusetts is looking in to doing the same.

“We are aware of it, we’re reviewing our policy, we just haven’t made any decisions yet. We haven’t seen anything, nothing what the MBTA has seen,” said John Shecrallah, Senior Director of Transportation & Resource Management of Peter Pan Bus Lines.

The MBTA says there have been a string of recent injuries. After conducting an assessment they say they’re a safety risk.

Local colleges including UMass and Western New England University have also banned hoverboards. Major airlines have also restricted the battery powered boards.

22News called the PTVA in Western Massachusetts to ask if they will be banning these hoverboards as well, but have not heard back.

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