Here are some examples of what NOT to have in an access aisle adjacent to an accessible parking space (whether car or van). If you have a ramp in your parking lot that is similar to this, you need to remove this immediately and put in a compliant curb ramp. Access aisles are required to be nearly level in all directions (running slope and cross slope) to provide a surface for wheelchair transfer to and from vehicles.
No level surface of 1:48 (2.083%) for transfer to and from vehicle
Access aisle to be at same level as accessible parking space
Where parking spaces are marked with lines, width measurements of parking spaces and access aisles are to centerlines, except for the end space which may include the full width of the line.
Access aisles may be located on either side of the parking space except for angled van parking spaces which must have access aisles located on the passenger side of the parking spaces.
If accessible parking spaces and access aisles are moved due to slope issues, to be closer to the accessible entrance, or to provide a larger number of accessible spaces, remember that not only will the international symbol of accessibility be striped in the space, but the accessible parking signs need to be mounted for each space.
The international symbol of accessibility is striped in the parking space and the sign is mounted at the correct height at the front of the space. Van accessible spaces shall have a sign designating them as van accessible.
Please note that the van accessible sign does not preclude a car from parking in the accessible space. It is meant to inform the van driver that there is sufficient width in the parking space and access aisle to accommodate the van and a possible lift.