A charging spot for disabled EV drivers

In some parts of the world, green EV charging parking spots are becoming almost as familiar as the blue ones for disabled drivers (although ICE drivers tend not to show the same respect for the green as they do for the blue). But what about disabled EV drivers? A new car park in the Manchester suburb of Salford has installed dual electric charging/disabled bays, for the use of Blue Badge holders who are charging their EVs, and they would seem to be the first such parking spots in the UK, if not in the world.

The idea was proposed to parking operator NCP by Helen Dolphin, a co-founder of the People’s Parking accreditation. “I am only too aware of the increasing growth of electric vehicles and although I don’t have an electric vehicle myself, I knew that as a disabled person I would struggle to get out of my car in a standard sized bay. I therefore wanted to encourage car park operators to consider the needs of electric vehicle owners who are disabled.”

People’s Parking is an accreditation organization that aims to improve the parking experience by highlighting parking facilities that accommodate disabled people, parents, commuters, cyclists, motorcyclists and EV drivers. Accredited facilities must demonstrate that they have good signage and pedestrian routes, and are clean and well lit.

“At NCP we work very closely with Helen to understand the needs of our disabled customers and to try to make our sites the best we possibly can,” said Sean Fenney, NCP Head of Operations for Manchester. “We were pleased to be able to add our first dual electric charging bay for our disabled customers, as we expect that to be a very real need in the near future.”

 

Source: People’s Parking

  • William

    We’ve had some dual-marked EV/handicapped spaces at a parking garage near me for a few years now, but it was never clear whether they were meant for people who fit both categories, or just a way to save on reserved spaces by doubling up. I strongly suspect the latter, but I’ve avoided charging there myself, lacking handicapped status. I’ve heard of at least a few other such places around the country.

  • Todd

    California Building Codes effective 1/1/2017 require property owners to install 1 disabled accessible EV charging stall when installing 1-4 stations. A second accessible station is required when installing 5-25 stations. These stalls are not for exclusive use of ADA permit holders, but on a ‘use last’ basis.

  • jstack6

    In AZ they are have at lease one charging spot marked for handicapped. It confuses a lot of EV drivers not wanting to block it. It also confuses a handicapped plate vehicle that blocks the spot in a gas car. It’s not well communicated and very poor for both.

  • Stuart McColl

    The best charger for the disabled is one that connects itself to the car automatically like this charger here at http://www.nocord.com . As of today 01-16-18 we are looking for volunteers to field test the units and they can keep the unit upon completion of the test. There is no charge for installation. If you know of a disabled person with an electric vehicle, please forward this information to them. As you see, the product is well developed and is the only automatic charger available anywhere at any price.