The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) proposes to establish accessibility guidelines for the construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered by the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  The guidelines would apply to passenger vessels, other than ferries and tenders, permitted to carry more than 150 passengers or more than 49 overnight passengers; ferries permitted to carry more than 99 passengers; and tenders permitted to carry more than 59 passengers.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are required to issue accessibility standards for the construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered by the ADA that are consistent with the Access Board guidelines.  Passenger vessel owners and operators would not be required to comply with the guidelines until they are adopted by DT and DOJ as accessibility standards.  The Access Board will hold a hearing on the proposed guidelines on 10 July in Washington, DC.  Written comments should be submitted by 23 September.  78 Fed. Reg. 38101  (June 25, 2013).

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

Advertisements