Installation of disabled car parking spaces in schools
The school run can often be a busy time on the roads around your school so it’s vital that you consider any extra needs when it comes to getting children to and from school. Some students may require some changes to make this easier, such as disabled parking bays.
Are disabled parking spaces a legal requirement in schools?
Car parks generally are not a legal requirement so this makes the case more complicated for having disabled parking spaces. If there is an existing car park, it is recommended that they provide disabled bays. Where possible, reasonable adjustments will need to be made to ensure that all children can safely reach the school. This will depend on various factors but in many cases a disabled parking space should be provided, in order to improve accessibility.
It’s important to remember you may need significant notice to make reasonable adjustments to the school premises and its processes, so make sure that you encourage parents and students to come forward for these discussions. You may not be able to fulfil every request you receive but the sooner you get them, the sooner you can work out what you can do.
How big are disabled car park spaces?
Disabled parking spaces will need to be wider than standard ones to make sure that there is room for any mobility equipment. Recommendations are that it should be at least 3.6m wide, whereas other parking bays are usually 2.4m wide. The extra 1.2m can be used to help those entering and exiting the car. If you are planning on introducing a disabled car parking bay, it would be helpful to discuss your plans with the parent(s) to ensure you have covered all of the needs.
How are disabled parking bays marked?
Disabled car parking spaces will be marked with yellow lines and the wheelchair symbol to make sure that users of the car park will know what it is for. That way you won’t have issues with people using it if they don’t need to and causing problems for those who do.
What are disabled parking bays made from?
Our playground markings are made from pre-formed thermoplastic lines so they will last 10 times longer than paint and are UV resistant to ensure that they do not fade. The markings can be installed onto tarmac and concrete and have a safe anti-slip finish, as well as conforming to BS EN 1436 standards for white and yellow road markings. They are also non-toxic, do not contain lead or chromates and are environmentally friendly.
How much do disabled bays in schools cost?
This will be subject to how many disabled spaces you require and whether you will need any other work such as any standard parking bays at the same time so the best way to get a quote is to contact us with your requirements and we’ll work with you on your project.