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Mobility aid

Electric wheelchairs or other similar mobility aids equipped with nonspillable liquid electrolyte batteries

Wheelchairs equipped with batteries or other similar mobility aids designed for passengers whose mobility is reduced due to a disability, their state of health, or their age, or due to a temporary mobility problem (for example, a broken leg), with nonspillable-type liquid electrolyte batteries:

(a) Nonspillable batteries may be considered nonspillable if they are capable of withstanding vibration and differential pressure tests, without any leakage of electrolytic fluid.


(b) The operator must use straps, fasteners, or other restraints in order to stow battery-powered locomotion aids equipped with their batteries. Locomotion aids, batteries, electrical circuits, and keypads must be protected against damage, including damage caused by the shifting of baggage, postal items, or goods;


(c) The operator must make sure that:
1. The passenger has confirmed that the battery is a nonspillable liquid electrolyte batter or a nickel metal hydride battery or a dry cell;
2. The battery terminals are protected in order to prevent short-circuiting, for example by storing them in a suitable container; 
3. Each battery is:
(i) Solidly strapped to the locomotion aid and the electrical circuits are insulated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions; or
(ii) Removed by the user, if the locomotion is specifically designed in order to allow this, in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.


(d) One passenger has the right to a maximum of one spare battery;


(e) The operator must make sure that batteries removed from wheelchairs or locomotion aids or spare batteries are carried in rigid and solid packaging and placed in the freight compartment;


(f) The operator must inform the captain of the location of the locomotion aids with installed, removed, and spare batteries;


(g) Passengers are advised to make prior arrangements with each operator.
 

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Electric wheelchairs or other similar mobility aids equipped with spillable batteries

Wheelchairs equipped with batteries or other similar mobility aids designed for passengers whose mobility is reduced due to a disability, their state of health, or their age, or to a temporary mobility problem (for example, a broken leg), with spillable-type batteries:


(b) The operator must use straps, fasteners, or other restraints in order to stow battery-powered locomotion aids equipped with their batteries. Locomotion aids, batteries, electrical circuits, and keypads must be protected against damage, in particular damage caused by the shifting of baggage, postal items, or goods;


(c) The operator must make sure that:
1. The battery terminals are protected in order to prevent short-circuits, for example by storing them in a suitable container;
2. The terminals are equipped with anti-leakage lids, as far as possible;
3. Each battery is:
(i) Solidly strapped to the wheelchair and the electrical circuits are insulated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions; or
(ii) removed from the locomotion aid in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions if the locomotion aid cannot be kept in a vertical position, see (c).


(c) The operator must load, put away, stow, and unload a locomotion aid with spillable battery by keeping it in a vertical position. If it is not possible to keep the mobility aid in a vertical position or if the aid does not adequately protect the battery, the operator must remove the battery. The battery must then be carried in robust and rigid packaging, as follows:
1. Packaging must be watertight, impermeable to the electrolyte from the batteries, and protected against tipping by stowing it on palettes or on the floor of the holds with aid of suitable means (other than being held in place by other parcels or baggage) such as straps or lanyards;
2. Batteries must protected against short-circuits, kept in a vertical position in their packaging and surrounded by compatible absorbent material in sufficient quantity to absorb the entirety of the liquid content; and
3. Packaging must bear the text “BATTERY, WET, WITH WHEELCHAIR” or “BATTERY, WET, WITH MOBILITY AID” and the label “Corrosive” plus the “Loading direction” label.


(d) The operator must inform the caption of the location of any locomotion aids equipped with their batteries or the location of any removed batteries;


(e) Passengers are advised to take advance measures with each operator.

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Electric wheelchairs or other similar mobility aids equipped with lithium batteries.

Wheelchairs or other similar mobility aids equipped with lithium ion batteries and designed for passengers whose mobility is reduced due to a disability, their state of health, or their age, or to a temporary mobility problem (for example, a broken leg), are subject to the following conditions:


(a) Batteries must be of a type meeting the stipulations of every test under subsection 38.3 of part III of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria;


(b) The operator must use straps, fasteners, or other restraints in order to stow locomotion aids supplied by batteries equipped with their batteries. Locomotion aids, batteries, electrical circuits, and keypads must be protected against damage, in particular damage caused by the shifting of baggage, postal items, or goods;


(c) The operator must make sure that:
1. The battery terminals are protected in order to prevent short-circuits, for example by storing them in a suitable container; 
2. Each battery is: 
(i) Solidly fixed to the mobility aid and the electrical circuits are isolated in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions; or
(ii) Removed by the user, if the locomotion is specifically designed for this, in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The removed battery does not exceed 300 Wh or, in the case of locomotion aids equipped with two batteries, each battery does not exceed 160 Wh.


(d) One passenger may carry a maximum of one rechargeable lithium ion battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two rechargeable batteries not exceeding 160 Wh each.


(e) The operator must make sure that batteries removed from locomotion aids and all rechargeable batteries are carried in the cabin and protected against damage (each one placed in a protective pouch, for example); 


(f) The operator must inform the caption of the location of any locomotion aids equipped with a battery or the location of any removed batteries;


(g) Passengers are advised to make prior arrangements with each operator.

 

 

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