Requires access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces to be at least eight feet wide.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing that access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces have to be at least eight feet wide
PURPOSE: To ensure that access aisles of handicapped parking spaces are wide enough for people with disabilities to enter and exit their vehicles.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 1203-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 350 of the laws of 1993 by adding that parking spaces that are designated for handicapped parking shall be eight feet wide and that this law also extends to, not only off street parking, but parking garages as well.
JUSTIFICATION: Access aisles that lie adjacent to handicapped accessible parking spaces are there for the purpose of allowing disabled persons, many times wheelchair users, to get into and out of their vehicles. Often times, these vehicles have ramps or lifts that extend quite a ways out the side door of the vehicle.
Eight feet is just enough space to allow wheelchair users to open the side door of their vehicles, extend the lift or ramp, and still have enough room to get off of the lift platform or ramp and turn. Any less amount of space than eight feet in width might not allow wheelchair users to maneuver between their vehicle and the vehicle parked next to theirs.
This bill is intended to reaffirm and place in state statute the current size requirements of access aisles listed under the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. It is important to protect the eight-foot width obligation in state law because building code requirements change periodically, and current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements call for a majority of access aisles to be only five feet wide.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.9693 (2000) - Referred to Transportation A.4625 (2001-02) - Passed Assembly A.5476 (2003-04) - Passed Assembly A.7337 (2005-06) - Passed Assembly A.7111 (2007-08) - Passed Assembly A.7849 (2009-10) - Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3170 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 10, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. McDONALD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing that access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces have to be at least eight feet wide THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 1203-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 207 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: (b) Whenever a person, firm or corporation creates an off-street park- ing lot or parking garage, or repaves or repaints more than one-half of the total number of parking spaces in an off-street parking lot or park- ing garage, which contains designated handicapped parking spaces, or creates designated handicapped parking spaces in an off-street parking lot or parking garage, or repaves or repaints more than one-half of the total number of designated handicapped parking spaces in an off-street parking lot or parking garage,
[specifications as to]the size of desig- nated handicapped parking spaces and designated handicapped parking space access aisles EACH shall be [in accordance with the requirements of the New York state uniform fire prevention and building code]AT LEAST EIGHT FEET WIDE. Such access aisles also shall be (i) clearly designated with conspicuous and permanently installed above grade signs which shall read "No Parking Anytime" and which shall be positioned from the access aisle surface at a height of not less than five feet nor more than seven feet, and (ii) marked with diagonal stripes. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06978-01-1