Regulations for accessible parking spots are an important part of the ADA Standards, especially for truckstop and convenience store owners. Because it is easy to identify a noncompliant parking lot, parking has become the number one issue for ADA lawsuits across the country. Facility owners are becoming more knowledgeable in just what kind of accessible parking is required – but many are unfamiliar with more specific rules in the ADA, such as those for accessible parking spots for Class 8 trucks.
While traditional accessible parking spots are an understood requirement, the ADA does not specify whether there must be an accessible spot available for Class 8 trucks, although many drivers do have disabilities and would benefit from having an accessible space. A standard accessible parking space is required to be 96” wide, and a van accessible parking space is required to be 132” wide. How wide would the space have to be for a truck? It’s one of those areas of the standards that isn’t really defined.
Because many truckstops do not have an accessible truck space, many drivers with disabilities are parking in the passenger loading zones and access aisles. While not ideal, this is an acceptable way to approach the problem.
See the exception in the 2010 ADA Standards:
“208.1 EXCEPTION: Parking spaces used exclusively for buses, trucks, other delivery vehicles, law >enforcement vehicles, or vehicular impound shall not be required to comply with 208 provided that lots accessed by the public are provided with a passenger loading zone complying with 503.”
A passenger loading zone, as outlined in section 503 of the ADA Standards, states that there must be a vehicle pull-up space 96 inches wide minimum and 20 feet long minimum with an access aisle adjacent to it. The access aisle should join to an accessible route, as well as “…extend the full length of the vehicle pull-up spaces they serve.” There should be no change in slope.
To better serve patrons, we would encourage having accessible truck parking available. So far, not many convenience stores or truckstops are doing this, although a few popular stores do. At the very least, make sure that the passenger loading zones and access aisles are up to standard. – See more at: http://www.natso.com/blog/posts/view/601#sthash.NeyPS6YE.dpuf
Brad Gaskins has 30 years experience in the practice of architecture and a comprehensive understanding of professional practice nationwide. Brad brings a unique and valuable perspective to The McIntosh Group’s practice and clients, with a specific expertise in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and national building codes. Brad has gained recognition as an expert witness for clients with ADA compliance complaints. He represents NACS, The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, as a full voting member on the International Code Council (ICC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. His objective is to share, with the committee for their deliberations, the potential impact of the standards on the convenience store and truckstop industry.
This post was originally created for the National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO). Read the original post at: http://www.natso.com/blog/posts/view/601