Surprisingly, disabled people comprise the largest minority group in the US today, and include all races, age ranges, backgrounds and economic levels. 54 million people are in this minority, and many of them are between the ages of 18 and 64. With numbers like this, it is easy to realize why retail, business and public establishments would want this part of the population to be able to access them easily. The method to accomplish this goal is for these establishments to reserve specific parking spaces for these individuals by displaying a handicapped parking sign. The majority of states utilize the Federal R7-8 version of the disabled parking sign to accomplish this task, but the other states opt to design their own versions.
Information on the Federal R7-8 Handicapped Parking Sign
Two versions of these signs exist. One is the R7-8 that measures 12x18 and is to reserve a parking space for a car or other vehicle. The second version is the R7-8A, and it measures 12x6 and is for a handicap space that is van accessible. The MUTCD or the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices provides specifications for only these disabled parking signs. Our company creates all of our federal handicapped parking signs along with the van accessibility signs according to the exact regulations in this manual. We are precise with the specified sizes, images, letter heights, fonts, colors and materials.
What States Utilize the R7-8 Federal Handicapped Parking Sign?
Read the following list to learn if your state uses the R7-8 disabled parking sign: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming. Click here to see the unique, disabled parking sign of a state not in this list.
Which Law Pertains to the Handicapped Parking Signs?
The law that makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities is the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA. Displaying disabled parking signs to specify certain parking areas for use by only those who have a disability is just one way to adhere to this law. Other ways establishments obey this ADA law include making all bathrooms handicap accessible and the installation of ramp access in public, educational and retail buildings. Even though the ADA was enacted about 25 years ago, many businesses and properties still do not adhere to it. In California and certain other states, a person with a disability can file a lawsuit on the establishment to make it come into compliance with the ADA, and receive monetary rewards on top of this. Handicapped parking signs allow all businesses, public organizations, medical buildings, schools and even churches to reserve specific parking areas for those people with handicapped or disabled parking permits, and are visible proof that they adhere to state and federal ADA laws.
Purchase Federal and State Approved Handicapped Parking Signs
We manufacture all the handicapped parking signs we sell according to the strict, MUTCD specifications, whether they are the state-specific ones or the Federal R7-8 versions of the signs. Our company constructs all of our ADA disabled parking signs in California. We include in our sign American materials, such as heavy-duty aluminum, 3M outdoor inks and 3M reflective sheeting. Since we use these quality materials, our disabled parking signs will last for a minimum of 7 years through all sorts of weather without fading according to what 3M reports on its products.
On top of the above features of our handicapped parking signs, you can increase the life of our signs just by the addition of 3M Protective Overlay Film. POF is a high-tech laminate that provides protection for the face of a disabled parking sign against nature's harsh elements, which can otherwise cause fading. The film also makes it an easy, safe task to remove stickers, graffiti and other marks of vandalism without the need of abrasive tools or cleaners.
Our company pre-drills holes in all our disabled parking signs for easy installation. We place one in the top center and one at the bottom in the center. With the holes in this placement, the sign aligns perfectly with most of the standard square or u-channel, mounting posts. Can you ask for easier than this?
You can discover the right handicapped parking sign for your needs here at STOPSignsAndMore.com if you seek to bring your school, retail establishment, business, housing project or other parking area into compliance with ADA regulations. If by chance we do not stock what you desire, just ask us, as we also fulfill custom orders for ADA and disabled parking signs. Contact us today at (888) 931-1793.