Trying to find accessible parking for someone with physical limitations is more common than you might think. According to BraunAbility, 74% of people have witnessed misuse of an accessible parking area. The same time, 2 out of 3 individuals will avoid visiting a place if they do not know if it is accessible. More facilities across North America need to invest in parking systems to accommodate diverse drivers while combating the misuse of accessible parking spaces for those who need it most.
The importance of being able to park
Under the Motor Vehicle Act,accessible parkingrefers to people with reduced mobility due to a permanent or temporary impairment that affects or challenges their ability to walk. people with reduced mobility and health issues must have free and safe access to buildings and institutions without fear of non-accessible persons parking spaces. These designated locations provide additional space for people to get in and out of their vehicle quickly and safely, with room for mobility aids including crutches, wheelchairs, canes and more. equipment.
Accessible parking rules and requirements
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are key requirements that public and commercial establishments must meet in order to ensure accessibility and functionality for all. For example, there should be a minimum number number of accessible parking spaces required based on the size of a given lot. For example, 1 in 6 accessible parking spaces must be accessible to vans. Businesses are required to have readily available and accessible parking for drivers. It is essential that lots maintain, maintain and repair any infrastructure that may cause harm to the individual or their vehicle. Signage must also be visible to all drivers and enforcement officers.
Improve accessibility with smart parking technology
It is essential for parking operators implement systems that mitigate the misuse of accessible parking spaces. For example, enforcement officers should closely monitor unlicensed drivers, expired licenses, and those who illegally use another person’s license, as this may lead to instances where those with legal licenses are robbed of parking access accessible. Leaders must do more to meet the needs of people with disabilities and ensure their voices are heard.
Smart parking technology is a great tool to solve this problem and improve accessibility in any car park. With the implementation of smart parking software, parking lots and law enforcement officials can regularly monitor drivers and review key data to gain visibility into any ongoing violations and maintain compliance. . At the same time, it is an essential step that organizations can take to show solidarity with people with disabilities and let them know that their needs are valid and taken into consideration.
At ROKER, our innovation parking platform allows your installations to create parking strategies that meet the needs of your land by offering intelligent solutions. To learn more about how you can improve the parking experience with smart technology, contact us here.
About ROKER, Inc.
ROKER provides technology solutions for urban space management, including parking and enforcement, to enable higher revenue recovery for public security institutions and the commercial market. The company is creating an ecosystem for smart parking that will converge with smart city initiatives around the world. ROKER is powered by the proprietary intellectual property of Rekor Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: REKR), a Maryland-based company that provides real-time traffic information through AI-based decisions, and Cygnet Infotech, a leading product engineering services and application development company. ROKER was founded in 2020.