senate Bill S3170

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces to be at least eight feet wide

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Aug 01, 2012 signed chap.274
Jul 20, 2012 delivered to governor
May 21, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.547
substituted for s3170
May 21, 2012 substituted by a3363
Apr 25, 2012 advanced to third reading
Apr 19, 2012 2nd report cal.
Apr 18, 2012 1st report cal.547
Jan 04, 2012 referred to transportation
Feb 10, 2011 referred to transportation

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S3170 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3363
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1203-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
A7849

S3170 - Bill Texts

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Requires access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces to be at least eight feet wide.

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BILL NUMBER:S3170

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing that
access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces have to be at
least eight feet wide

PURPOSE:
To ensure that access aisles of handicapped parking spaces
are wide enough for people with disabilities to enter and exit their
vehicles.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill amends paragraph (b) of
subdivision 2 of section 1203-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as
amended by chapter 350 of the laws of 1993 by adding that parking
spaces that are designated for handicapped parking shall be eight
feet wide and that this law also extends to, not only off street
parking, but parking garages as well.

JUSTIFICATION:
Access aisles that lie adjacent to handicapped
accessible parking spaces are there for the purpose of allowing
disabled persons, many times wheelchair users, to get into and out of
their vehicles. Often times, these vehicles have ramps or lifts that
extend quite a ways out the side door of the vehicle.

Eight feet is just enough space to allow wheelchair users to open the
side door of their vehicles, extend the lift or ramp, and still have
enough room to get off of the lift platform or ramp and turn. Any
less amount of space than eight feet in width might not allow
wheelchair users to maneuver between their vehicle and the vehicle
parked next to theirs.

This bill is intended to reaffirm and place in state statute the
current size requirements of access aisles listed under the New York
State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. It is important to
protect the eight-foot width obligation in state law because building
code requirements change periodically, and current Americans with
Disabilities Act requirements call for a majority of access aisles to
be only five feet wide.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.9693 (2000) - Referred to Transportation
A.4625 (2001-02) - Passed Assembly
A.5476 (2003-04) - Passed Assembly
A.7337 (2005-06) - Passed Assembly
A.7111 (2007-08) - Passed Assembly
A.7849 (2009-10) - Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect on the
ninetieth day after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3170

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. McDONALD -- 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  providing
  that access aisles of handicapped accessible parking spaces have to be
  at least eight feet wide

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of  section  1203-c  of  the
vehicle  and traffic law, as amended by chapter 207 of the laws of 2010,
is amended to read as follows:
  (b) Whenever a person, firm or corporation creates an off-street park-
ing lot or parking garage, or repaves or repaints more than one-half  of
the total number of parking spaces in an off-street parking lot or park-
ing  garage,  which  contains  designated handicapped parking spaces, or
creates designated handicapped parking spaces in an  off-street  parking
lot  or parking garage, or repaves or repaints more than one-half of the
total number of designated handicapped parking spaces in  an  off-street
parking lot or parking garage, [specifications as to] the size of desig-
nated  handicapped  parking  spaces  and  designated handicapped parking
space access aisles EACH shall be [in accordance with  the  requirements
of  the  New  York  state  uniform fire prevention and building code] AT
LEAST EIGHT FEET WIDE. Such access aisles  also  shall  be  (i)  clearly
designated  with conspicuous and permanently installed above grade signs
which shall read "No Parking Anytime" and which shall be positioned from
the access aisle surface at a height of not less than five feet nor more
than seven feet, and (ii) marked with diagonal stripes.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06978-01-1

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