S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
May 15, 2014
Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 van accessi-
ble handicapped parking
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 1203-c of the vehicle and traffic
law, as added by chapter 203 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as
1. (A) Any person, firm or corporation owning a shopping center or
facility with at least five separate retail stores and at least twenty
off street parking spaces which are provided for use by the shopping
public must designate as only for the handicapped and clearly mark for
use by the handicapped a minimum of five percent of such parking spaces
or ten such spaces whichever is less. These spaces must be located as
close as reasonably practicable to the shopping center facility and
reasonably distributed so as to provide convenient access for use by
handicapped drivers. Such parking spaces are to be used either by hand-
icapped drivers displaying a special municipal parking permit (as
defined in section twelve hundred three-a of this [chapter] ARTICLE and
distributed by the commissioner [of motor vehicles] to local governing
bodies to be issued to handicapped persons who reside in such locality)
or by motor vehicles registered in accordance with section four hundred
four-a of this chapter and being used for the transportation of a hand-
(B) ONE IN EVERY EIGHT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE SPACES SHALL BE VAN ACCES-
SIBLE. WHERE FIVE OR MORE PARKING SPACES ARE DESIGNATED HANDICAP ACCES-
SIBLE, ANY SPACE THAT IS DESIGNATED AS VAN ACCESSIBLE SHALL BE RESERVED
FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS ONLY. A VAN ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACE RESERVED FOR
WHEELCHAIR USERS SHALL BE AT LEAST NINE FEET WIDE AND SHALL HAVE AN
ADJACENT ACCESS AISLE THAT IS AT LEAST EIGHT FEET WIDE.
(C) VAN ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACES SHALL BE AT LEAST NINE FEET WIDE AND
SHALL HAVE AN ADJACENT ACCESS AISLE THAT IS AT LEAST SIX FEET WIDE.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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(D) AN ACCESS AISLE, AS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPHS (B) AND (C) OF THIS
SUBDIVISION, SHALL BE LOCATED ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE PARKING SPACE
EXCEPT THAT TWO ADJACENT ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACES MAY SHARE A COMMON
(E) A VAN ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACE SHALL HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SIGN
MARKED "VAN ACCESSIBLE" MOUNTED BELOW THE SIGN. A VAN ACCESSIBLE PARKING
SPACE RESERVED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS SHALL HAVE A SIGN THAT INCLUDES THE
WORDS "WHEELCHAIR USER ONLY."
(F) ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACES, DECALS AND SIGNS SHALL BE DESIGNED IN
COMPLIANCE WITH THE STANDARDS SET FORTH BY THE COMMISSIONER.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.