The Board is developing guidelines under the ADA for access to ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats, and other passenger vessels. These guidelines will supplement the Board’s ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles. The Board is developing a notice of proposed rulemaking (and regulatory assessment material) which will propose for public comment passenger vessel accessibility guidelines.
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new ADA regulations to protect the rights of passengers with disabilities aboard vessels. The rule takes effect November 3, 2010, but DOT seeks public comment on additional topics concerning emotional support animals, mobility aids, and the relationship between DOT’s and DOJ’s regulations. Comments on these subjects are due October 4.