PARKING

PARKING DETAILS.

PAVEMENTS.

WHEELCHAIRS and SCOOTERS.

RAMPS.

COUNTRYSIDE.

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ON STREET PARKING.

Parking regulations for orange or blue badge holders vary from local authority to local authority. The following are general conditions but they need to be checked out in specific areas.

Some authorities may define accessible on street parking bays but may still apply the standard charges. Other authorities may waive the charges.

Orange and blue badge holders may park on double yellow lines, if there are no extra conditions regarding loading etc, and if they do not create a hazard - such as close to road junctions. Extra conditions are usually indicated by notices or by lines marked at regular intervals on the kerb edgings.


CAR PARKS.

Car parks need to be designed with disabled users in mind. Accessible parking bays need a protected transfer zone of at least 1200mm on one side so that a driver or passenger can transfer between the car and a wheelchair, both on arrival and DEPARTURE.

It may be enough to protect the transfer zone by marking it with hatched lines on the ground but vertical signs at the heads of the bays will make their presence obvious if the ground is covered by a car, water or leaves. The zone should be positioned to be safe from other traffic while transfers are taking place.

BS:8300 shows transfer zones on each side and at the rear (for access to the car boot).

The routes between the transfer zones and the exits from the car park should also be considered. These should be as safe as possible with good visibility between traffic and users. There should be drop kerbs at appropriate positions for wheelchair users to get up and down from the car park surface. They should not be in positions where they can be blocked by parked cars.

TICKET MACHINES and PEOPLE'S REACH

The Centre for Accessible Environments have published a guidance booklet on factors to consider when designing Automatic Telling Machines. The booklet has helpful diagrams detailing limits of peoples' reach and vision when standing or in a wheelchair. These principles could also be applied when considering the suitability of ticket machines. Details for contacting the CAE can be found under DDA and SOURCES OF INFORMATION.