a van with is parked in an accessible parking space with their ramp down is down reaching into the access aisle.  A red vehicle parked in the access aisle and the drivers side front wheel is actually on the the ramp

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Access Aisle Not Just A Clever Name

This picture was taken in Waco, TX.  The message from the person who took the picture (Leeann Woodall Fortenberry), “Not only did this lady park illegally in the white lines used for unloading from wheelchair accessible vehicle….she ALSO drove up ONTO my ramp.”

It’s the responsibility of businesses or privately-owned facilities that provide goods or services to the public to comply with ADA regulations to remove barriers to access in existing parking lots when it is readily achievable to do so. It’s the responsibility of the public to follow the laws.

Access aisles provide the space needed for people who may use wheelchairs or walkers the extra room to get in and out of their vehicles. Blocking this path with your vehicle, a shopping cart, or any other barrier makes it difficult or even impossible for people with disabilities to continue with their day. (It is also illegal and punishable with a fine that can be different in each state/community).

[image description: a van with is parked in an accessible parking space with their ramp down is down reaching into the access aisle.  A red vehicle parked in the access aisle and the drivers side front wheel is actually on the the ramp.]

a van with is parked in an accessible parking space with their ramp down is down reaching into the access aisle.  A red vehicle parked in the access aisle and the drivers side front wheel is actually on the the ramp