Handicap Striping - ADA Compliance
It is important for safety and compliance with ADA requirements. The safety of the handicapped is paramount like any other person’s safety while using the parking lot and you must ensure that you do not jeopardize handicapped safety through improper striping of your parking spaces. Failure to properly stripe your parking lot could lead to a hefty fine.
Requirements for Handicapped Parking Spaces
The total number of parking spaces you have is the determining factor of the number of ADA compliant spaces you should have.
Accessible Size and Placement
The handicapped space should have a minimum width of 8 ft and an access aisle with a minimum width of 5 feet. The access aisle must be extended around the whole space without cutting through it. Handicap spaces should be positioned in such a way that they have easy access to the facility.
Handicapped Parking Space Symbol
You should restripe handicapped parking spaces at least once a year. The essence of restriping your handicapped parking spaces is to ensure that the signs and symbols stay clear and visible to avoid mix-ups by car owners and prevent the handicapped from the stress of searching for their designated space.
Traffic and climate are two factors that affect parking spaces. In an attempt to pack snow away from the parking lot, part of the paint is sometimes scraped off which can affect the painting. The start of Spring is a good time to restripe parking spaces.