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Parking Spaces Not the Closest to the Front Door

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Thought Leader, Americans with Disabilities Act


Welcome to the newest post in our blog series, Top 20 ADA Compliance Issues Seen in Truckstops and Travel Plazas. Join guest post by contributor Brad GaskinsThe McIntosh Group on the second Friday of every month for his monthly column.

/// Guest post by contributor Brad GaskinsThe McIntosh Group

A recent study of all ADA lawsuits filed found that 95 percent contain an issue regarding parking spaces. Therefore, over the next two months we’ll continue our series on the top 20 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance issues seen in truckstops and travel plazas by discussing parking space requirements. Today I’ll go over the need for parking spaces to be the closest to the front door.

In section 208.3.1 of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design it states that handicap parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route from the parking space to an entrance. This is generally interpreted that there are no other parking spaces available for use between accessible spaces and the entry.


When determining the accessible route from the accessible space to the entry, consider section 502.7. This Standard states that parking spaces and access aisles should be designed so that cars and vans, when parked, do not obstruct the required clear width of adjacent accessible routes.

The minimum number of accessible parking spaces required is covered in section 208.2. Below is a table for your reference. Please note, the number of van accessible parking spaces is at least one for every six or fraction of six accessible parking spaces.

Table 208.2 Parking Spaces

Total Number of Parking Spaces Provided in Parking Facility

Minimum Number of Required Accessible Parking Spaces

1 to 25


26 to 50


51 to 75


76 to 100


101 to 150


151 to 200


201 to 300


301 to 400


401 to 500


501 to 1000

2 percent of total

1001 and over

20, plus 1 for each 100, or fraction thereof, over 1000

Signs that identify accessible parking spaces should include the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA), shown below.  Section 502.6 states that signs identifying van parking spaces shall contain the designation “van accessible.” Per the ADA, a painted ISA is not required on concrete.


Next month we continue to look at the requirements for parking spaces. 

/// Read more Top 20 ADA Compliance Issues Seen in Truckstops and Travel Plazas posts here

Photo Credit: The McIntosh Group


Gaskins will be one of the Human Library experts available for one-on-one consultations at The NATSO Show. The Human Library is an interactive learning library on The NATSO Show floor where attendees can sign-up for 30 minute one-on-one consultations. Register for The NATSO Show here and email Kimberly Roberts at to set-up a Human Library appointment with Gaskins.

{Guest Post} Guest post provided by NATSO Allied member Brad GaskinsThe McIntosh Group. The McIntosh Group is an architecture firm focused on providing accessibility solutions for clients nationwide. Learn more about The McIntosh Group.

The opinions and advice given by guest post contributors are not necessarily those of NATSO Inc. The posts should not be considered legal advice. Qualified professionals should be sought regarding advice and questions specific to your circumstances.

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About the Author

Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp

Brad Gaskins, AIA, CASp

Brad has more than 25 years experience in the practice of architecture and a comprehensive understanding of professional practice nationwide. Brad brings a unique and valuable perspective to The McIntosh Group’s practice and clients, with a specific expertise in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and national building codes.  Brad has gained recognition as an expert witness for clients with ADA compliance complaints. He represents NACS, The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing, as a full voting member on the International Code Council (ICC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, Consensus Committee on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. His objective is to share, with the committee for their deliberations, the potential impact of the standards on the convenience store and truckstop industry. Brad has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently serving as president of AIA Oklahoma. 

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