SECTION 1. Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in Section 1 after the words “shall not include motorized bicycles” the following words:- "or mobile carrying devices, as defined in Section 1J".
SECTION 2. Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding after Section 1I, the following section entitled:-
"Section 1J. 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; (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; and (c) the mobile carrying device is equipped with a system that enables the mobile carrying device to come to a controlled stop.
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) A personal property owner may not operate a mobile carrying device unless the person complies with this section.
(7) A violation of this section is an infraction.
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