Definitions and Terminology

Department of Justice Definitions and Terminology

The DOJ (Department of Justice) proposed regulatory changes via the NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) related to Mobility Devices are as follows:

  • Other power driven mobility device" means any of a large range of devices powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines—whether or not designed solely for use by individuals with mobility impairments—that are used by individuals with mobility impairments for the purpose of locomotion, including golf cars, bicycles, electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMD’s), or any mobility aid designed to operate in areas without defined pedestrian routes.

  • “Wheelchair" means a device designed solely for use by an individual with a mobility impairment for the primary purpose of locomotion in typical indoor and outdoor pedestrian areas. A wheelchair may be manually operated or power-driven.