The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Architectural Transportation Barriers and Compliance Board (Access Board) are jointly hosting a public meeting on a DOT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued on January 2, 2020, and on Access Board’s proposed advisory guidelines for aircraft onboard wheelchairs issued on August 20, 2019. DOT’s NPRM proposed specific measures for improving accessibility of lavatories on single-aisle aircraft for passengers with disabilities, including performance standards for the aircraft’s onboard wheelchair (OBW). The public meeting will allow DOT to gather additional information on all aspects of OBW design before issuing any final binding regulation on the topic. The meeting will also serve as a means for the Access Board to gather additional information on OBW loads and casters before finalizing its advisory guidelines for aircraft OBWs.
This meeting will be held via Zoom Video Webinar. DOT is committed to providing equal access to this Zoom Meeting for all participants. Communication access real-time translation and American sign language interpretation will be provided. Please send any requests for additional disability-related accommodations to OBWpublicmeeting@dot.gov by December 9, 2021.
Requests to submit written materials to be reviewed at the meeting or to speak at the meeting must also be sent via email to OBWpublicmeeting@dot.gov by December 9, 2021.