Is Your Handicap Parking Up To Pennsylvania Standards?

How much do you know about handicapped parking? Unless you use one, you know the basics of not to park in a designated spot unless you have the placard or license plate. As a business owner, you need to make sure you’re knowledgeable on not only where the spots need to go, but what is involved if someone breaks those rules. This knowledge includes visibility, towing, fines, and more. Here are a few ways you need to keep on top of your handicap parking to keep your patrons safe.

Where are the signs used?

Handicap signs are to be in designated areas where those who are disabled can easily enter and exit their vehicles without obstacles. This includes passenger loading vehicles as well.

Handicap Marking and Line Striping

What are some of the rules for handicap spots?

  • Location & Visibility: Each sign needs to be visible so drivers can see them; and they must be installed below other reserved parking signs. Handicap spots, themselves, need to be the front-most parking spots, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Sign Appearance: The signs need to meet the Pennsylvania Code requirements to be legal. There are two sizes to choose: 30 inches by 30 inches, or 36 inches by 36 inches. Also, the sign must be reflective for clear visibility. The Department of Transportation must approve any other size. If a sign has been damaged, disappears, or goes missing for any other reason, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Fines & Towing: If the sign does not meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Code, then a fine cannot be issued. Each sign must list the fines the driver will have to pay if they illegally park in a handicap spot. There also needs to be a notice that the vehicle will be towed if it is in violation.

These handicap spots are designed to help those individuals who are disabled. Let us help you get your parking lot up to proper code and standards. Call us today!