New law helps disabled in Pa with parking and mobility

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The Pennsylvania Senate today approved a bill that will improve the lives of people with a disability. It now heads to Governor Wolf for his signature. Senate Bill 888 strengthens enforcement of parking spaces, curb ramps and access aisles for the disabled. One new part of the law is to protect the space next to a disabled parking spot that you would normally see marked with diagonal lines.

Here’s the news release on the bill sent out by Senate Republican Communications:
          
Senate Sends Disabled Parking Access Bill to Governor
HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved legislation today to improve accessibility and strengthen enforcement measures relating to parking spaces, curb ramps and access aisles for persons with disabilities, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senators John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) and Scott Martin (R-13).
Senate Bill 888 would strengthen enforcement of parking spaces, curb ramps and access aisles for persons with disabilities by creating penalties for violators who block these protected areas. For the first time, the Vehicle Code will recognize access aisles as the area marked with diagonal lines next to a handicapped parking space to allow access for vehicles equipped with ramps, wheelchair lifts and other mobility devices.
“I applaud my colleagues from both the Senate and the House of Representatives for unanimously adopting this important measure to protect parking spaces, curb ramps and access aisles for persons with disabilities,” said Senator Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Senate Bill 888 is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that strengthens our disabled parking laws and ensures persons with disabilities, including disabled veterans, have better access to transportation in this Commonwealth.”  

“This legislation is critical because the availability of access aisles helps individuals with disabilities maintain their independence,” Martin said. “Keeping access aisles clear of obstructions will go a long way toward improving the quality of life for individuals who rely on special equipment to improve mobility.”

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