2005 California Vehicle Code Sections 21280-21283 Article 6. Electric Personal Assistive Mobility DevicesVEHICLE CODE
21280. (a) The Legislature finds and declares the following: (1) This state has severe traffic congestion and air pollution problems, particularly in its cities, and finding ways to reduce these problems is of paramount importance. (2) Electric personal assistive mobility devices that meet the definition contained in Section 313 operate solely on electricity and employ advances in technology to safely integrate the user in pedestrian transportation. (3) Electric personal assistive mobility devices would enable California businesses, public officials, and individuals to travel farther and carry more without the use of traditional vehicles, thereby promoting gains in productivity, minimizing environmental impacts, and facilitating better use of public ways. (b) The Legislature is adding this article as part of its program to promote the use of no-emission transportation. 21280.5. For purposes of this article, an electric personal assistive mobility device is defined in Section 313. 21281. Every electric personal assistive mobility device, or EPAMD, shall be equipped with the following safety mechanisms: (a) Front, rear, and side reflectors. (b) A system that enables the operator to bring the device to a controlled stop. (c) If the EPAMD is operated between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, a lamp emitting a white light that, while the EPAMD is in motion, illuminates the area in front of the operator and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front of the EPAMD. (d) A sound emitting device that can be activated from time to time by the operator, as appropriate, to alert nearby persons. 21282. Notwithstanding Section 21966, for the purpose of assuring the safety of pedestrians, including seniors, persons with disabilities, and others using sidewalks, bike paths, pathways, trails, bike lanes, streets, roads, and highways, a city, county, or city and county may, by ordinance, regulate the time, place, and manner of the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices as defined in Section 313, and their use as a pedestrian pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 467, including limiting, prohibiting entirely in the local jurisdiction, or prohibiting use in specified areas as determined to be appropriate by local entities. State agencies may limit or prohibit the time, place, and manner of use on state property. 21283. This article shall become operative on March 1, 2003, and shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2008, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2008, deletes or extends that date.
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