The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Representative Martin Howrylak to clarify the law regarding powered wheelchairs, golf carts and other mobility devices on Michigan roadways to help people with physical challenges.
Howrylak’s bill clarifies the definition of a pedestrian and motor vehicle. Pedestrians include people with restricted mobility with a mobility device such as a golf cart or powered wheelchair.
“This legislation clarifies that people on foot and in a power-driven mobility device are considered pedestrians on the roadway or on the sidewalk,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “Clarifying these definitions will ensure that individuals with special physical needs are able to be mobile. Powered wheelchairs, golf carts or similar devices are used by people who need them to travel and are already allowed by right in the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. This bill goes a step farther, by adding explicit language in the Michigan Vehicle Code.”
House Bill 5374 moves to the full House for consideration.