ANNAPOLIS -- Sen. Alex X. Mooney is sponsoring legislation that requires handicapped parking spaces to be the same size as regular parking spaces.
Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, filed the bill after learning from Frederick County Commission on Disabilities member Gil House that there often were inequities in the size of the spaces. Mooney's bill would only apply to new parking lots built after October or to existing lots that are relined.
Under current regulations, accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities - known as handicapped parking spaces - must be at least 8 feet wide, with an access aisle that is at least 5 feet wide.
In a letter to the Frederick County delegation, House said standard parking spaces in Frederick County are 9 feet wide, so handicapped spaces often are smaller than other spaces.