Often we get asked - "How many Disabled Parking Bays Do I Need to Have?"
The answer is - It depends on the building classification associated with the parking.
Refer to the below table:
Ever since the AS2890.6 - 2009 was released we have wondered how this would work in a real world. The answer is "IT DOESN'T".
Have a look at the below clip that we put together that explains some of the reasons why AS2890.6 - 2009 doesn't work.
Accessible Parking Bay's (APB) are important for the inclusion and access to your building or site for individuals with a disability. It is important to ensure that all individuals including those with a disability are given equal opportunities.
A simple way to find out if your accessible parking bay complies, is to complete the following question with either a 'yes' or 'no' answer.
- Is your APB far from your building or site's accessible entrance?
- Do the dimensions of your APB match that of 3400mm by 5400mm?
- Is adequate signage provided at your APB with the international symbol of disability?
- Is the path from the APB to the entrance, accessible and free from obstruction?
- Is there a shared space next to; in front of; behind - your APB provided?
*A shared space is line marked and for use by both pedestrians and vehicles*
- Is there a bollard provided in the shared space?
- APB's are required to have a gradient less than 1:33. Does your APB gradient meet requirements?
- Is the surface of your APB firm, slip resistant and free of loose gravel and cracking?
- Are the markings of your APB yellow?
- Is the international access symbol central and within the allowable 800mm - 1000mm size?
Answered 'NO' to any of the above questions?
Accessible Parking Bays - or as most people call them - "Disabled Parking Bays" is due to have some considerable changes to the requirements as set in the Australian Standard 2890.6.
Previously the requirements were as shown below:
The new requirements for accessible parking bays are shown below:
Whilst in theory there is more space (3.2m - 4.8m) we feel that the new requirements will cause more people to complain about the "narrowness" of the accessible parking bays.
We would like to hear what people think about the new Australian Standards for off-street parking for people with a disability.