The Americans with Disabilities Act was promulgated to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and provide equal employment opportunities, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, telecommunications, and information technology.
As a parking lot owner in Fort Myers, FL, you must know about the applicable ADA standards for parking lots.
In this blog post, DG Pavement Solutions discusses the importance of inspecting parking lots for ADA violations and avoiding liability from lawsuits!
What is ADA?
The acronym ADA refers to the “Americans with Disabilities Act.” This act was passed in 1990, and it prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
It also aims to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else. This includes having access to public places such as businesses, schools, and government buildings.
One of the most common violations of ADA is when a business does not have a ramp or adequate parking spaces designated for disabled drivers. In some cases, certain public places are not equipped with accessible restrooms.
If you do not provide people with disabilities the same access to your business as everyone else, it will be considered an ADA violation.
Suppose you have a lawsuit filed against you for this specific violation. It can cost up to $55,000 to $75,000 in civil penalty fees for the first occurrence. A second occurrence can cost you up to $110,000.
And that’s just for starters – you can also be looking at costly damages paid to the individual who filed the lawsuit.
We’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to ensure your asphalt and concrete surfaces are ADA compliant.
Ensure you’re following ADA regulations by providing the required number of accessible parking spaces. This includes both designated handicapped spots and van-accessible areas.
You’ll also need to ensure that you’ve provided parking spaces close to the accessible entrance.
Additionally, you’ll need to repair the asphalt pavement so that it is well-maintained and free of potholes or any other obstructions that may impede accessibility.
2: Parking Signage
If your parking lot lacks proper signage, then you should consider having that installed.
This includes marking each accessible parking space with the required “handicapped” sign. Also, make sure all your pavement is free of any potholes or other obstructions which might impede mobility for those using wheelchairs.
Van-accessible parking lots should feature signage indicating the availability of such spaces. Lacking such signage gives the impression that your parking lot is not ADA compliant, leading to costly lawsuits down the road.
3: Curb Ramps
This point might not be the first to come to mind, but it is essential. Curb ramps are necessary for helping people with disabilities get from the parking lot to the sidewalk and vice versa.
To comply with ADA guidelines, they must be at a slope of no more than an 8% grade. They should also be marked by signage that calls attention to their presence and how they work.
The top landing should also be level and wide enough for a wheelchair or scooter to make the transition easier.
DG Pavement Solutions in Fort Myers, FL, can help you with asphalt maintenance, concrete repair, and so much more to prevent any ADA violations.