On the 1 May the Commonwealth Disability Access to Premises — Buildings Standards Premises Standards was introduced resulting in dramatic changes to accessibility requirements in and around buildings. It also aims to give certainty to building certifiers, building developers, building managers and other practitioners that compliance with the Access Code, forming Schedule 1 of the Premises Standards will achieve compliance with Section 23 of the Disability Discrimination Act Access to Premises. The Premises Standards apply to new buildings and existing buildings undergoing building work. Since adoption of the new standards almost one year ago it is still apparent that industry is referencing the old standard and not aware of the new parking requirements for people with disabilities. Common mistakes include designing car parking spaces in accordance with the old standard, poor positioning or poor luminance contrast of tactile ground surface indicators TGSI and limited wheel chair circulation spaces on pathways linking buildings and accessible car parking spaces. For further assistance regarding access requirements please contact our office.
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IF YOU ARE in the process of planning or upgrading an existing commercial or public carpark, you are required to consider the needs of people with disabilities as set out in AS In Australia, there is a requirement under the standard, for all shared areas adjacent to a dedicated parking space provided for the access and egress of people with a disability to be protected by a fixed bollard.
We recommend a fixed bollard to prevent the use of the shared area by other vehicles for parking, or during unloading. A fixed bollard also, importantly, provides physical protection for people with disabilities from other vehicles reversing or manoeuvring in a car park. While the standard doesn't exactly specify the type or size, it is common practice to install mm diameter by mm high steel bollards.
Typically, these have a galvanised finish which can become visually lost in a busy or congested car park. At Barrier Group, for new installations we supply ourmm surface mounted or in-ground 'Gal-Plus' bollards. For existing installs, we recommend our 'Skinz' sleeves that can be retro-fitted up to mm diameter bollards. Both stand mm tall for increased awareness by reversing drivers, are disability blue in colour and supplied with four white reflective bands for improved night visibility.
Part No. Part No's. Car Parking Airport Warehouse. Events Retail Urban. Barrier Group. Tuesday, 11 December Single bay disabled carpark with a blue bollard and wheel stop. Double bay disabled carpark with a blue bollard and wheel stops. CAUTION: Flexible or non-fixed bollards should be avoided as they provide minimal physical protection to users of shared vehicle parking zones. Gal-Plus Disability Blue Bollards. US city councils setting a new standard with bolla About the author.
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