Vehicles on sidewalks; adds 'other power-driven mobility devices' to list of vehicles. (HB1786)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Vehicles on sidewalks. Adds "other power-driven mobility devices," as defined by federal regulations, to the list of vehicles that can legally be ridden or driven on sidewalks. Amends § 46.2-903, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/15/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Transportation Committee


12/27/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100682D
12/27/2018Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/11/2019Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #1
01/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1786)
01/15/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/15/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)


Michael Hudson writes:

This Bill addresses a long overlooked oversight. The evolution of transportation devices used to accommodate citizens with mobility disorders. The US Justice clarified the necessity to exempt legitimately mobility disAbled Americans from regulations, policies and state codes that would preclude access that able-bodied individuals take for granted because the user protected choice of device to meet their individual needs, does not meet the stereotypical assessment of observers, including law enforcement, as a wheelchair, walker or cane.

The logic here is explained very well by this Justice Department guidance - "People with mobility, circulatory, respiratory, or neurological disabilities use many kinds of devices for mobility. Some use walkers, canes, crutches, or braces. Some use manual or power wheelchairs or electric scooters. In addition, advances in technology have given rise to new devices, such as Segways®, that some people with disabilities use as mobility devices, including many veterans injured while serving in the military. And more advanced devices will inevitably be invented, providing more mobility options for people with disabilities." and by "When an OPDMD is being used by a person with a mobility disability, different rules apply under the ADA than when it is being used by a person without a disability" source

I count myself among the citizen veterans that have unfortunately been harassed because VA law enforcement and state policy makers were unaware of this 2011 guidance and the underlying federal statute.

Please pass this amendment.

Diane Engster writes:

I urge all legislators to pass this bill. I have a mobility impairment and find it very difficult to access needed services and venues in the community. The motorized scooters that most people are used to are not easily covered by insurance so different mobility aids become necessary. Our communities should be inclusive of and open to everyone. Having people with different abilities participate enriches us all.

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