SECTION 1. Chapter 90 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting in Section 1 after the words “in electric-assisted bicycle” the following: mobile carrying devices, as defined in 1J.
SECTION 2. Said Section 1 of Chapter 90 is hereby amended by inserting after the words “drawn on a highway, except” the following: “mobile-carrying devices:”
SECTION 3. Said Chapter 90 is hereby amended by adding a new Section1J entitled “mobile carrying devices:”
(1) MOBILE CARRYING DEVICE.—An electrically powered device that:.
(a) Is operated on sidewalks and crosswalks and intended primarily for transporting personal property;
(b) Weighs less than 90 pounds, excluding cargo;
(c) Has a maximum speed of 12.5 miles per hour; and
(d) Is equipped with a technology to transport personal property with the active monitoring of a property owner; and
(e) Is primarily designed to remain within twenty-five feet of the personal property owner.
(2) A mobile carrying device is not considered a vehicle unless expressly defined by law as a vehicle.
(3) A mobile carrying device may be operated on a sidewalk or crosswalk so long as all of the following requirements are met:
(a) the mobile carrying device is operated in accordance with the local ordinances, if any, established by the local highway authority governing where the mobile carrying device is operated;
(b) a personal property owner is actively monitoring the navigation and operation of the mobile carrying device;
(c) the mobile carrying device is equipped with a braking system that enables the mobile carrying device to come to a controlled stop.
(3) A personal property owner monitoring the mobile carrying device may not allow a mobile carrying device to do any of the following:
(a) fail to comply with traffic or pedestrian control devices and signals;
(b) unreasonably interfere with pedestrians or traffic;
(c) transport hazardous material; or
(d) operate on a street or highway, except when crossing the street or highway within a crosswalk.
(4) A mobile carrying device has the rights and obligations applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, except that a mobile carrying device shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian on a sidewalk or crosswalk.
(5) A personal property owner may not operate a mobile carrying device unless the person complies with this section.
(6) A violation of this section is an infraction.
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