Code of the District of Columbia

§ 50–110.03. Operation of a personal delivery device.

(a) A permit holder may operate a PDD that complies with this chapter on sidewalks and crosswalks in the District.

(b) To operate in the District, a PDD shall:

(1) Obey all traffic control devices and signs;

(2) Operate in a safe and non-hazardous manner that does not endanger traffic or property;

(3) Not unreasonably interfere with traffic;

(4) Not transport any hazardous materials or waste; and

(5) Clearly and conspicuously display the contact information of the permit holder operating the PDD.

(c) A PDD shall have the same obligations and rights-of-way as a pedestrian under similar circumstances, except that a PDD shall yield the right-of-way to traffic.

(d) Notwithstanding any other law, a PDD shall not constitute a vehicle or motor vehicle for any purpose.

(e)(1) If a technology failure or loss of communication occurs during the operation of a PDD, the PDD shall alert the operator and, if the PDD operator is unable to assume direct control of the device, come to an off-roadway stop.

(2) If a PDD comes to an off-roadway stop under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the owner of the PDD shall promptly remove the PDD.