The Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that 25 year-old Daniel Dahlberg was handed a $598 ticket by a VPD motorcycle cop when he rolled to a stop on his skateboard at West 3rd and Maple in Kits.

Dahlbeg was riding his Boosted Board v2 motorized longboard skateboard on his way to work. He had purchased the $2,000+ ride just two days earlier West 4th Avenue’s Boarder Labs.

“My jaw dropped to the ground and he hands me the ticket and it was for $598,” Dahlberg told the Vancouver Sun.

Unfortunately, it’s the law. According to ICBC, motorized skateboards and scooters cannot be operated on roads or sidewalks in B.C.

The Motor Vehicle act defines both as motor vehicles, but they don’t meet provincial equipment safety standards for on-road use.

Dahlberg’s plea of ignorance, which seems understandable when motorized scooters and skateboards are common sights on Vancouver’s streets, had little affect. The officer responded that ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

Dahlberg intends to challenge the ticket.

Last modified: June 11, 2017

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