- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New York City activists plan to rally Saturday against the city’s hoverboard ban that they believe unfairly targets minorities and the poor.

Demonstrators will march in front of City Hall in support of Councilman Andy King’s proposed bill that would allow hoverboarders to ride in specified areas, community activist Tony Herbert said in a statement Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported.

New York City has officially banned hoverboards since they are considered motor vehicles but cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Anyone found riding them on the street or sidewalk could face a $500 fine and have their hoverboard impounded.

Mr. Herbert believes the ban is a tax on poor minorities.

“These excessive fines target minority teens and kids that are more apt to using this innocent means of local transportation which is no more dangerous than motorized wheel chairs, bicycles or the electric bikes and scooters being used by delivery men,” he wrote in a Facebook post linking to a flier for Saturday’s rally. “We must not allow the city and the administration to use this as another way to criminalize our kids nor as a means to tax the poor!”

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