The following definitions apply to rules 3304-6-01 to
the Administrative Code:
Devices" means the equipment or devices used to allow a driver or passenger to
access the interior of the vehicle while either in their wheelchair/scooter
(e.g. platform lifts), or lifts the individual into the vehicle after
transferring out of the wheelchair/scooter.
(B) "Aftermarket" means components used to
modify a motor vehicle after the vehicle is purchased from the OEM.
(C) "Alterer" means someone who takes a
completed vehicle out of compliance from the OEM and recertifies it for first
adaptive equipment" means any device, mechanism, or equipment designed to
enable an individual with a disability to operate a passenger car.
(E) "Certified," when referring to an
individual, means an individual who has been trained in a specific skill or
field and has been awarded a certificate for demonstrated proficiency in that
skill or field. "Certified," when referring to a product, means the written,
signed statement of a supplier attesting that a product meets a specified
standard of construction, performance, or method of processing.
(F) "Certified driver rehabilitation
specialist" (CDRS) means an individual who has obtained the necessary knowledge
base and experience in the field of driver rehabilitation to successfully
acquire and maintain certification.
(G) "Converter" means a company that is
engaged in the process of modifying minivans, to lower the originally
manufactured floor of the vehicle.
(H) "Driver rehabilitation specialist" (DRS)
means a person certified by the association for driver rehabilitation
specialists or its equivalent, and supervised by a CDRS, who measures a
person's ability to safely operate a vehicle, teaches that individual to
operate the equipment, and prescribes or specifies the automotive adaptive
equipment necessary to permit an individual with a disability to drive safely
(I) "High Tech
Integrated Driving Systems" means a system of joystick or multi-axis controls
that are used to operate primary controls. High tech driving systems may run
parallel or replace conventional accelerator, braking, or steering
(J) "Inflatable restraint
system" means a system consisting primarily of sensor(s), diagnostics,
inflator(s), and module(s) which inflates a bag in certain vehicle crashes to
assist in preventing the occupant(s) from impacting the interior frontal
portion of the vehicle.
foot accelerator" means a device installed in a motor vehicle to the left of
the brake pedal that allows the operation of the accelerator pedal by the left
foot of the driver.
Vehicle Modification" means the adaptation made to a passenger vehicle that
permits an individual with a disability to access and use the vehicle as either
a driver or passenger with an appropriate prescription or
Hand/Foot Controls" means a device to operate the accelerator and brake pedals
by hand or foot.
equipment manufacturer" (OEM) means the original automotive manufacturer
producing the vehicle such as Ford, General Motors, and
Extensions" means devices mounted to the brake pedal and/or accelerator pedal
for use by a driver of short stature.
(P) "Pedal Guard" means a device installed in
a motor vehicle to prevent access to the accelerator pedal and/or brake
(Q) "Primary controls" means
the fundamental controls of the vehicle which are the acceleration, braking,
and steering mechanisms.
"Reduced effort steering system" means a steering system modification to the
OEM power steering where the effort to steer the vehicle is reduced.
(S) "Reduced effort braking system" means a
braking system modification to the OEM power braking where the effort to brake
the vehicle is reduced.
Switches" means the relocation of controls from the OEM location for ease of
operation by a driver with a disability.
(U) "Subsystem" means a combination of parts
which perform an operational function within a system and is usually a major
subdivision of that system.
"Turn Signal Extension" means a device that attaches to the OEM turn signal
lever to allow a different location for activation.
(W) "Vehicle Modification Specification or
prescription" is the formal recommendation by a CDRS, or DRS that includes
specific recommendations for a vehicle modification.
(X) "Wheelchair Carrier" is a device used to
transport a wheelchair for an individual. Carriers may include car top carriers
as well as utility trailers used solely for the purpose of transporting the
Handling Device" is a manual or electrical device used to safely load or unload
an unoccupied wheelchair or scooter from the vehicle or trailer.