HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

74

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICES.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that sidewalks are becoming more dangerous because of the increasing prevalence of electric vehicles on them. Use of certain types of vehicles on sidewalks is already regulated in business districts and a similar restriction is appropriate with regard to electric vehicles.

The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the use of electric personal assistive mobility devices on sidewalks in business districts, except when being used by a police officer or person with a disability.

SECTION 2. Section 291C-134.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"291C-134.5 Electric personal assistive mobility devices; restrictions. (a) Unless otherwise prohibited or regulated by a county ordinance, an electric personal assistive mobility device may be operated on sidewalks, at a speed no greater than eight miles per hour, and bicycle paths of the State. An electric personal assistive mobility device shall be prohibited on sidewalks in business districts, except when being used by a police officer or person with a disability.

For the purposes of this subsection, "person with a disability" has the same meaning as in section 291-51.

(b) The sale of consumer models of electric personal assistive mobility devices in the State shall be limited to those models operated by a key that can set the maximum forward speed at no more than eight miles per hour.

[(b)] (c) An electric personal assistive mobility device operator shall be sixteen years of age or older.

[(c)] (d) An electric personal assistive mobility device operator on a sidewalk or bicycle path shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with, and shall yield the right-of-way to, persons traveling on foot and those using mobility aids.

[(d)] (e) An electric personal assistive mobility device operator shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.

[(e)] (f) An electric personal assistive mobility device operator shall wear or equip the electric personal assistive mobility device with reflectors and a headlamp when operating between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

[(f)] (g) Any operator who operates an electric personal assistive mobility device recklessly in disregard for the safety of persons or property shall be assessed penalties as set forth in section 291C-161."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device; Business District; Prohibited; Exceptions

 

Description:

Prohibits the use of electric personal assistive mobility devices on sidewalks in business districts, except when used by a police officer or person with a disability.

 

 

 

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