SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As of January 29, 2019
Title: An act relating to the use of "van accessible" parking spots.
Brief Description: Concerning the use of "van accessible" parking spots.
Sponsors: Senators Sheldon and Kuderer.
Committee Activity: Transportation: 1/23/19.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
Staff: Kelly Simpson (786-7403)
Background: Van accessible parking spaces are spaces reserved for vans transporting persons with a physical disability. Van accessible parking spaces are similar to accessible parking spaces for cars; however, van accessible spaces are wider than accessible car spaces and must have a wider access aisle to accommodate wheelchair lifts—96 inches compared to 60 inches for accessible car spaces.
Persons who have been issued special license plates for persons with disabilities, parking placards, or special license plates with a special year tab for persons with disabilities may park in places reserved for persons with physical disabilities. It is a parking infraction to unlawfully park in a place reserved for persons with physical disabilities.
Summary of Bill: The bill as referred to committee not considered.
Summary of Bill (Proposed Substitute): In addition to having the required special license plates or placards, persons may not park in van accessible parking spaces unless they are parking vehicles utilizing wheelchairs or mobility equipment.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: Many people need parking accommodations. This bill was brought as a constituent request. Many times the reserved parking spaces are misused. This bill would help ensure parking spots are available for people using wheelchairs.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Senator Tim Sheldon, Prime Sponsor; Charlotte Shepherdson, citizen.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.