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The minimum dimension for a single widened bay is 3600mm x 4800mm. This should
provide sufficient room for transfer between wheelchair and car while also enabling
the car door to be fully opened within the bay.
If more than one bay is proposed, the use of transfer zones between standard
bays is an economical as well as acceptable alternative to the widened bay.
Where parking is provided on the highway, ensure the bay is on a straight, not
With on-street parking parallel to the kerb, bays should be designated by an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for use by holders of permits for disabled people.
The minimum length of 6600mm allows access to the rear of the vehicle e.g.
for wheelchair transfer or storage, and free passage between parked vehicles.
The minimum width should be at least 2700mm.
Where it is not possible to access the footway directly from the vehicle, and
wherever space is available, parking bays should be at least 3300mm wide in
order to allow the driver or passenger to get out safely on the side where traffic
may be passing. This is especially important in one-way streets where a disabled
driver may have to get out of the vehicle on the road side.
With on-street parking at an angle to the kerb, where space allows, parking
bays can be at right angles or in echelon to the kerb. Bays must not be less
than 4200mm long.
For public buildings such as sports centres, community halls etc., parking
provision should also be made for mini-buses. The minimum dimension for the
bay is 6000mm x 11000mm which provides sufficient room for side or rear transfer
between wheelchair and vehicle using either a lift or ramp.
A smaller bay could be provided measuring 4000mm x 9000mm if an unobstructed paved area exists alongside.
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