Accessible Parking Spots: Are They All the Same?

From the grocery store to work, school and everywhere in between, accessible parking spots are something we see each and every day. But how closely have you looked at them? If you are a wheelchair accessible vehicle driver, maybe you have looked at these spots closer than most. Did you know that there are different kinds of accessible parking spaces designated for different types of vehicles? Here’s your guide to accessible parking, anywhere you go.

Accessible Parking Spaces for Cars

The most common of handicap accessible parking spots, these spaces are designed for standard vehicles, including sedans, SUVs and vans without ramps or lifts to deploy. These spots are clearly marked with a sign—the easily recognizable blue and white icon—and have at least a 60-inch-wide aisle easily accessible from the space so a person in a wheelchair can enter or exit the vehicle without issue.

Accessible Parking for Vans with Side Entry

For drivers or passengers with disabilities riding in a minivan equipped with a side entry conversion, extra room is necessary to safely enter and exit the vehicle through the use of a ramp. Parking spaces designed for vans have a white, striped “access aisle” on the passenger side that is 96-inches-wide, allowing [...]

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