ADA Parking Signs

If you look at ADA parking signs you see being used in parking lots near buildings, you will notice that these are placed on slots that are near these buildings. Why is it that parking slots that have these handicap signs on them are situated near these establishments? Does the law mandate that these parking spaces be found in these areas or is the placement of such spaces a choice made by the establishment itself?

If you are to base it on the design standards for accessible parking spaces (which is what ADA parking signage mark in parking lots), these slots are actually mandated by the government. This means that their placement is, in fact, authorized by the law and as such, should always be found near these buildings. According to the ADA, these parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities should be placed or located in the place that gives the user the shortest accessible route that they can use to go from their vehicle to the accessible entrance of the said building.

If a parking lot is not found anywhere near a building, then the rule changes to cover the shortest pedestrian route in and out of the said parking facility. This means that ADA parking signs will always be placed in areas that make it easy for people with disabilities to access, or are essentially the shortest way from the pedestrian entrance to the vehicle. This is not the only rule that covers ease of access to these parking slots though.

Apart from needing to have these parking spaces near buildings and pedestrian entrances, if a parking facility has a few floors, the lowest floor is where most of the handicap parking slots should be found. It has also been mandated that if a building has numerous entries that are accessible to people with disabilities, parking facilities that have access to such entrances around the building should also have similar exclusive parking slots made for people with disabilities. This means that, even if the number of designated slots already exceeds the mandated number for the area, as per the number of parking spaces available, these areas still need to have parking spaces made into handicap parking slots regardless of the number of parking spaces in total.

There are also a lot of other rules that cover these parking slots, aside from their location, the proper use of ADA parking signs, and the number of slots that should be allocated for vehicles that carry people with disabilities. To find out more about this, read about it here, or contact us to get more information about the ADA and the signs that are used for compliance.  

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