On the 1 May the Commonwealth Disability Access to Premises — Buildings Standards Premises Standards was introduced resulting in dramatic changes to accessibility requirements in and around buildings. It also aims to give certainty to building certifiers, building developers, building managers and other practitioners that compliance with the Access Code, forming Schedule 1 of the Premises Standards will achieve compliance with Section 23 of the Disability Discrimination Act Access to Premises. The Premises Standards apply to new buildings and existing buildings undergoing building work. Since adoption of the new standards almost one year ago it is still apparent that industry is referencing the old standard and not aware of the new parking requirements for people with disabilities. Common mistakes include designing car parking spaces in accordance with the old standard, poor positioning or poor luminance contrast of tactile ground surface indicators TGSI and limited wheel chair circulation spaces on pathways linking buildings and accessible car parking spaces.
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Designs for parallel and angled accessible spaces are detailed, with a shared area to the side, kerb ramp locations, height clearances, yellow line marking, International Symbol of Access and bollard in the shared area of angled spaces. A mm wide x mm long shared area is to be provided on one side of accessible angle parking space. The dedicated space and shared area are to be on the same level.
A bollard is to be provided at the mm from the roadside end of to the shared area. We recommend the bollard at a height of mm high in a highly contrasting colour and finish. All line marking must be yellow only around the accessible car parking space and shared areas. Pavement markings and car parking areas are to be non-slip. All accessible parking spaces to be identified by a white International Symbol of Access between mm and mm placed on a blue rectangle with no side more than mm in the centre of the space between mm and mm from the entry point.
Line marking is to be unbroken lines 80mm to mm wide on all sides except any side delineated by a kerb, barrier or wall. The height clearance from the car park entrance to all accessible parking spaces is to be a minimum mm. Parallel parking spaces are to be not less than mm wide x mm long. A shared area adjacent to the non-trafficked side of the dedicated parallel parking space is to be not less than mm wide by mm long.
The car parking areas are to comprise a firm plane surface with a gradient not exceeding in any direction or if a bitumen surface and the area is outdoors. Like this: Like Loading Post to Cancel.
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