Parking accommodates for disabled persons are a must in every Lakeland parking lot paving business. You cannot have a business and a parking lot without a specified space for people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was enacted in 1990, made sure of this. The provisions in that law protect the rights of disabled people to enjoy the same privileges accorded to people without disabilities.
Not following the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is highly prohibited and may even land you in legal trouble. So, before opening your business, make sure you have thoroughly read the entire ADA and complied with all provisions based on your situation.
According to the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, all businesses that offer goods and services must remove any barriers that make it difficult for people with disabilities to use their facilities. As a business owner, you have to make sure that every corner of your store is easily accessible to disabled persons. This especially includes the parking spaces. The ADA has a specified number, size, and orientation of spaces designated for people with disabilities.
The ADA makes sure that disabled people will get to and from their cars easily. The Act states that parking spaces for disabled people should have an adjacent access aisle wide enough to allow a wheelchair to be easily loaded or unloaded from the car. There are two kinds of designated parking lots for disabled people—one for a car and one for a van. For cars, there should be an access aisle at least 60 inches in width but for vans, the access aisle should allow 96 inches of space.
Depending on your business’ total parking space, the designated parking for disabled people can go to as little as one for each car and van to much more than that, of course. The number of parking spaces will be affixed percentage of the total parking space you have in your business. For every 25 parking spaces, you should designate one parking space for a car or a van. The space should have a 96-inch access aisle, so vans can be accommodated, too.
If your business has 26 to 50 parking spaces, it should have a separate space for a car and a van for a total of two designated parking spaces for disabled persons. For those with 51 to 75 parking spaces, three spots must be reserved for disabled parking with two out of three meeting van-accessibility guidelines.