What are the proper ways to sign one or more parking spaces for persons with disabilities?

R7-8 sign

The RESERVED PARKING for persons with disabilities (R7-8) sign is used to reserve a space for folks with a disability.

In a parking lot, each space must be signed separately as shown below for a single reserved space. This is covered by the ADA Design Guide.

For on-street parking spaces, the key is to think about where the arrows are pointing. An arrow shows where a regulation is in effect until another sign or regulation is found.

R7-8 sign

Note that parking regulation signs must be posted at least every 200 feet.

Here are some examples for the R7-8 sign.

Single Reserved Space

For a single space, the NYS Supplement requires the R7-8 sign to be used without an arrow as shown below.

Two or More Reserved Spaces

For two or more spaces, a single arrow sign is placed at each end of the restriction as shown. The proper regulatory sign for the spaces beyond the Reserved Parking area will vary. The two signs shown are just to illustrate the concept.
(Note that you could also just sign each space with a sign for a single reserved space as well).

R7-1 sign   R7-8 sign R7-2a sign

 

If you actually had more than 200 feet of Reserved Parking in a row without an intersection, you would need to place a double headed R7-8 sign in the middle between the two end signs. If the Reserved Parking area is less than 200 feet long and starts at an intersection, the R7-8 sign at the intersection end does not need to be posted.

Resources

National MUTCD Section 2B.46

NYS Supplement
Section 2B.47

ADA Design Guide 

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