Laws Regarding Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices

Laws Regarding Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices

The Rome Police Department is reminding area residents who operate an electric personal assistive mobility device (electric wheelchair), that there are state laws which must be followed while operating the devices.

The following is a summary list of those laws as found in the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law:

The personal electric assistive device may carry only one person, the operator must wear reflective or bright clothing, the device may be operated on public highways only if the posted speed limit is 30 mph or less, the operator must be 16 years of age or older and must wear protective head gear, the device must have a headlight and tail light operating during the period from 1/2 hour before sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise and be equipped with a horn or bell, the device must have a brake system, the device must yield the right of way to pedestrians and motor vehicles and when being operated on a public highway, the device should be operated on the right side, edge of the road. This list is not all inclusive. For further details and a complete narrative regarding these laws, please refer to Article 34-C of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.


The Rome Police Department encourages all operators of electric personal assistive mobility devices to follow and abide by these laws in the hope of preventing traffic accidents or injury to the operators of these devices, to pedestrians or others.









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