Disabled Parking Barriers
In the United Kingdom, non-disabled drivers routinely abuse car-parking spaces specifically allocated to disabled motorists. This generates frustration, anger, resentment and leads to real problems for disabled drivers, carers and parking providers alike.
From October 2004, Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 came into effect within the United Kingdom. This legislation places a legal requirement on service providers to ensure that disabled people do not find it unreasonably difficult or impossible to enjoy the service in the same way as non-disabled people.
Whilst the earlier parts of the Act focused primarily on disabled access into buildings, Part III now looks closer at the issue of car parking. A key element of Part III is that service providers that operate a car park now have to 'monitor' their disabled bays to prevent abuse by non-disabled drivers. Failure to provide monitoring could result in a heavy financial penalty, as disabled drivers exercise their rights to compensation under the terms of the Act.
However, in the battle to combat disabled bay abuse K-Five Sales Ltd are able to provide disabled parking barriers. Already proven in a variety of applications, Handipark barriers are a mini parking barrier that is installed directly onto the road surface to reserve a blue bay for use by a disabled driver. To access the space the driver simply presses the button on a hand-held remote control device, which automatically lowers the barrier. The Handipark barrierwill then remain down until the car has left the space, when the barrier will rise back to the vertical position, smoothly and automatically.
With Handipark barriers you can now effectively guarantee the availability of your disabled bays, free from the risk of abuse, irrespective of the willingness of the public to comply; at the same time Handipark could help protect your organisation from the risk of costly litigation under the terms laid out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.