Written by Emily Rizza, content writer intern
Handicap-accessible parking is essential in a public space if physically disabled persons want to be active outside of the home without sacrificing independence and mobility. Because accessible parking is a critical safety feature, it is imperative that both handicapped and non-handicapped drivers understand the parking regulations that stand in a public lot. According to a survey by BraunAbility, a shocking 74 percent of people have personally witnessed the improper use of a handicap-accessible parking space. In order to ensure that all persons are abiding by the rules of accessible parking, here are 5 facts provided by BraunAbility that must be known and shared for increased awareness:
#1 The striped lines next to a handicap-accessible parking space indicate it is reserved for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. These spaces are wider than regular handicap accessible parking spaces, offering room for people to safely lower a ramp and enter and exit their vehicles.
#2 There is a difference between handicap accessible parking for cars and wheelchair-accessible vans. When the parking sign says, “Accessible Vans,” it is reserved for wheelchair-accessible vehicles only. Van accessible spaces are easily identified by a striped access aisle on the passenger side.
#3 Some people have hidden disabilities, and it may not be visibly apparent that they need a handicap-accessible spot. Not all people who require handicap parking access are reliant on wheelchairs. These spots are also intended for use by people with disabilities such as deafness or a recent injury.
#4 Businesses are required to meet a quota for handicap accessible spots. The number of handicap accessible parking spaces required depends on the total number of parking spaces in the lot, but at least one in every six handicap accessible spaces must be designated for a wheelchair accessible vehicle, according to the American Disabilities Act.
#5 Wheelchairs continue to increase in size, requiring more room to maneuver in and out of vehicles, and therefore need extra space in a parking spot for the wheelchair user to safely access a fully deployed ramp.
(Create an Accessible Lifestyle, Cision PR Newswire)
Reminder: it is not acceptable to park in a handicap accessible space, even if it’s ‘just for a few minutes,’ without a proper permit.
BraunAbility–a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts–has designed a “Save My Spot” campaign, which serves to educate the public about “the meaning and importance of handicap accessible parking.” Please join BraunAbility in its efforts to promote mobility independence and awareness, and share the facts with your friends and family to ensure that disability rights and physical safety thrive in the public sphere.