Handicapped Parking Compliance Quiz
Find out if your parking lot meets the new ADA regulations
The U.S. Department of Justice recently changed their requirements in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) for reserving and marking handicapped parking spaces in your parking lot. Take this quiz to find out what you need to do to stay compliant.
Question #1: How many total parking spaces are in your parking lot? Question #2: How many handicapped parking spaces are in your parking lot? Question #3: How many van accessible handicapped parking spaces are in your parking lot? This Handicap Parking Space Guide shows you if your parking lot has the correct number of Handicapped parking spaces and the correct number of van accessible handicapped parking spaces required by ADA.
Question #4: Do you know how to properly mark handicap parking spaces in your parking lot? Here are the specific ADA requirements for marking handicapped spaces in your parking lot. We've excerpted the relevant section from the ADA Standards for Accessible Design for you.
Question #5: Do you know if your handicapped parking signs meet the ADA mounting height requirements? This is the standard for height requirements for your handicapped parking signs. They must be mounted and the right height to be seen.
New Requirements are in Effect. Here's What You Need To Know.
Updated ADA and MUTCD regulations mandate new guidelines for parking and traffic signs that are posted in your parking lot and roadways.
New ADA Amendment on Handicapped Parking Spaces
The New Amendment for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Titles II & III became effective on March 15, 2011. The new law now requires additional van accessible parking spaces. You now need 1 van accessible space for every six standard handicapped accessible spaces (or fraction thereof).
Use this quick reference chart to find out how many van accessible parking spaces and standard handicapped accessible parking spaces you need in your lot.
Visit the ADA homepage and view the full text of the new ADA amendment here.
Don't know what Handicap Parking Signs comply with laws in your state? View our full 50 state list of State Specific Handicap Signs here.
Updated MUTCD Reflectivity Requirements for High-Intensity Traffic Signs
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in the second revision of the 2003 MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) established the minimum reflectivity levels for traffic signs. The new minimum level of reflectivity for traffic signs is High-Intensity. The improved reflectivity level of High-Intensity allows drivers to see traffic signs at greater distances. High-Intensity traffic signs are mandated for all streets and roads that are open to public travel (where the public is allowed to travel without access restrictions - private gated properties are not included).
You have until January 2012 to put plans in place to ensure that your signs meet this minimum level of reflectivity. The final compliance date to have all of your regulatory, warning, and ground-mounted guide signs changed over to High-Intensity versions is January 2015. Act now and prevent costly last-minute replacements before that final deadline.
See the U.S. Department of Transportation's FHWA website for more information on reflectivity guidelines:
View a list of Seton's most popular Traffic Signs now available in the new MUTCD High Intensity Reflectivity here.