Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Defines "mobile carrying device". Provides that a mobile carrying device may be operated on a sidewalk or crosswalk so long as it is operated in accordance with local ordinances, a personal property owner is actively monitoring its operation and navigation, and it is equipped with a braking system that enables it to perform a controlled stop. Prohibits a personal property owner operating a mobile carrying device from failing to comply with traffic or pedestrian control devices and signals, unreasonably interfering with pedestrians or traffic, transporting hazardous materials, or operating on a street or highway other than in a crosswalk. Provides that a mobile carrying device has the rights and obligations applicable to a pedestrian in the same circumstances, except that it shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on a sidewalk or crosswalk. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the introduced bill, and makes the following changes. Defines "mobile carrying device operator". Specifies that a "mobile carrying device" is primarily designed to remain within 10 (instead of 25) feet of the personal property owner. Provides that a local authority may reasonably regulate the operation of mobile carrying devices in its jurisdiction. Provides that an operator of a mobile carrying device (rather than the device itself) has the rights and obligations applicable to a pedestrian in the same circumstances and shall ensure that a mobile carrying device shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on a sidewalk or crosswalk. Provides that a personal property owner may not use a mobile carrying device to transport a person. Provides that a mobile carrying device operator who is not a natural person shall register with the Secretary of State. Provides that no contract seeking to exempt a mobile carrying device operator from liability for injury, loss, or death caused by a mobile carrying device shall be valid, and that contractual provisions limiting the choice of venue or forum, shortening the statute of limitations, shifting the risk to the user, limiting the availability of class actions, or obtaining judicial remedies shall be invalid and unenforceable. Effective immediately.