Handicap Parking


Handicap parking implies providing accessible space when the driver is a handicap. When parking can be provided for normal and healthy people, designated parking spaces must be provided for people with disabilities. A parking space must have space for mobility vans and some extra space to the right and left of the space to facilitate a handicap person. This is because the handicaps usually travel with equipment like a wheelchair or scooter.

An international symbol of accessibility or a sign should be located in front of the parking space at an elevated spot. This is to make sure of easy visibility and so that it may not be hidden by any parked vehicle. Accessible parking spaces should be close to the entrance and an accessible route should be provided between the passage and the main building. This route should be free from steps or a steep surface. Parking space for disability vans should have an access passage of at least 8 feet wide. For cars the access aisle should be at least 5 feet wide.

One in every eight parking spaces must be provided with space for mobility vans. These are some important requirements given by the American Disability Act. Moreover, states and local authorities have the authority to adopt and enforce their own codes of parking space for handicap people. There is a certificate required for the parking permit issuance and this certification must be provided by a doctor or an osteopathic physician having authorizing license.