PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICES
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS/ ELECTRIC MOBILITY DEVICES
Self-propelled wheelchairs (electric wheelchairs) or an electric mobility device, specifically designed for and used by an individual with a mobility-related disability in lieu of walking, can be used on the berm of a roadway. These devices are not considered vehicles as defined by Section 102 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, so they are not subject to titling, registration, insurance, inspection and driver licensing laws. Operators of these devices should follow laws related to and be treated by motorists the same as a pedestrian.
Segway Human Transporters are the only devices that qualify as electric personal assistive mobility devices (EPAMDs). EPAMDs are legally allowed to be operated on sidewalks and roadways in PA, unless prohibited by local ordinance [Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Section 3703(c)]. However, EPAMDs are prohibited on freeways (Section 3583). The Segway is classified as a vehicle, but not a motor vehicle. The Segway is NOT subject to the titling, registration, insurance, inspection and driver licensing laws. As a vehicle, the Segway should follow laws related to and be treated by motorists the same as a bicycle.