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Parking: Disabled

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department issues on the percentage of parking spaces in public car parks to be made available for disabled drivers. (281395)

[holding answer 19 June 2009]: The Department for Transport's "Inclusive Mobility" document provides guidance on established best practice on access for disabled people to the pedestrian and transport environment. Section 5 covers car parking and recommends the following spaces for disabled motorists:

(i)For car parks associated with existing employment premises: 2 per cent. of the total car park capacity, with a minimum of one space.

Spaces for disabled employees must be additional to those recommended above; reservations could be ensured, for example, by marking a space with a registration number.

(ii) For car parks associated with new employment premises: 5 per cent. of the total parking capacity should be designated (to include both employees and visitors).

(iii) For car parks associated with shopping areas, leisure or recreational facilities, and places open to the general public: A minimum of one space for each employee who is a disabled motorist, plus 6 per cent. of the total capacity for visiting disabled motorists.

The numbers of designated spaces may need to be greater at hotels and sports stadiums that specialize in accommodating groups of disabled people.