Section 11B-503 Passenger Drop-Off and Loading Zones
Code excerpt regarding technical requirements for passenger drop-off and loading zones: general, vehicle pull-up space, access aisle, floor and ground surfaces, and vertical clearance.
Access aisles cannot overlap the vehicular way, so there must be some physical means of preventing vehicles from driving across the access aisle from the end where vehicles approach the passenger drop-off and loading zone. (No physical obstructions are allowed between the vehicle pull-up space and the access aisle.) This could be a curb, either as an inlet as shown in Figure 11B-503.3 or as a projecting curb that forces vehicles to change lanes to align with the vehicle pull-up space. Other options include permanently installed bollards or planters. In contrast, painted stripes or easily moved/taken obstructions such as traffic cones are not acceptable means separating the access aisle from the vehicular way.
No signage is required by the CBC, but local vehicle regulations or project standards may require signs of a particular content and style. Note that the use of an International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) on signs or surface markings is discouraged because it implies that the accessible pasenger drop-off and loading zone is reserved for disabled drivers or disabled passengers in the same way the ISA is used at accessible parking spaces. However, the actual intent of providing accessible passenger drop-off and loading zones is more like providing accessible water closet compartments in toilet rooms: the size and feature set is designed to assist persons with disabilities, but anyone is allowed to use the facility. Accessible passenger drop-off and loading zones are not reserved or restricted-access elements.
Exception: Slopes not steeper than 1:48 shall be permitted.
Advisory 11B-503.5 Vertical clearance. The minimum vertical clearance at designated passenger drop-off and loading zones, and along at least one vehicle access route to the area from site entrances and exits, is 114 inches. This differs from the 98 inch vertical clearance requirement for accessible parking spaces. Commercial vans used for accessible transit may be taller than passenger vans.