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Hoverboards or selfbalancing scooter requirements

Changes to the supply of hoverboards in Victoria from 1 July 2016

ESV has imposed additional requirements on the supply of self-balancing scooters in Victoria from 1 July 2016 to ensure all products provided for sale meet specific safety requirements.

ESV has gazetted changes to the Electricity Safety Act 1998, which require all self-balancing scooters sold in Victoria to meet specific safety requirements.

From 1 July 2016, suppliers who wish to sell these products in Victoria will need to apply to ESV for a Certificate of Compliance (also known as a Certificate of Suitability) that, when granted, will indicate that their product is approved and meets the safety requirements specified by ESV.

For further details of how to make an application, click here.

Suppliers will be given an approval number and certificate by ESV that they will be able to promote to retailers and consumers when selling their product as showing that the product has been assessed as being compliant. Suppliers will also be able to show their compliance to the public as the details of the certificates will be entered into the national certification database, which is available to the public.

Hoverboards that are not covered by a Certificate of Compliance issued by ESV will be banned.

To obtain a Certificate of Compliance, suppliers must show that their product meets the safety requirements set out in in AS/NZS 60335.1 – (Incorporating Amendments 1, 2 and 3 or incorporating Amendments 1 and 2) Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements, including the requirements of Annex B.

ESV has published a document that outlines how to apply these requirements specifically for hoverboards and it is expected that these requirements be met (click here for details). The Certificate of Compliance assessment will also ensure compatibility of the power supply, the batteries and the unit itself. The safety requirements are the same as those applied to mains-powered household appliances, such as refrigerators and heaters.

In addition, compliance with these requirements will ensure compliance with the ACCC’s current ban. Read about it, here.