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Passenger Vessel

The Department is issuing a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rule to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by passenger vessel operators (PVOs). This rulemaking concerns service and policy issues. Issues concerning physical accessibility standards on passenger vessels will be addressed at a later time, in conjunction with proposed passenger vessel accessibility guidelines drafted by the United States Access Board. The Department is also seeking further comment on three issues, concerning emotional support animals, mobility aids, and the relationship of DOT and DOJ rules.
The Department of Transportation's final rules applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to passenger vessel operators' (PVOs') policies took effect January 3, 2011. These questions and answers, responding to concerns expressed by passenger vessel operators, provide guidance on the Department's understanding of the meaning and application of 49 CFR Part 39.
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.