Motorized Wheelchairs on Sidewalks (Updated)
David asked: Do Florida Statutes address motorized wheelchairs or scooters used by the elderly and disabled?
When this question was first posed, I asked the FHP and received this response:
My inquiry to the Florida Highway Patrol at FHP@flhsmv.gov elicited this response:
Thank you for your inquiry. Being that Florida Statute is not clear on this issue, I have requested a Legal Opinion from our Department on this issue. We will let you know when the decision has been made.
Sgt. Jesse Evans
Since then, HB 971 amended the applicable statute as follows:
s. 316.1995 – Driving Upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path
(1) No person shall drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk ….
(3) This section does not apply to motorized wheelchairs.
Although I have not been able to confirm it, I believe the change was made due to the initiative of the FHP in response to our discussion.