The American Disability Act (ADA) makes it illegal to discriminate against people living with disabilities in areas like employment, transportation, public accommodation, among others. It provides for equal access to public spaces. If you run a hotel or a similar establishment in Tennessee, complying with ADA regulations in your loading zones is important.
The ADA says that your business or premise open to the public should be accessible to everyone, including those with a disability. Under the regulations, passenger loading zones should provide ample vehicle pull-up space, access aisles with reasonable width and length, and proper marking on designated areas to discourage parking in them, among others. You can find the specifics of such requirements here.
As Tennessee premises defense attorneys, we agree that not every entrance can be considered a passenger loading zone in as much as a plaintiff’s lawyers may try to convince you otherwise. However, it is not recommended to take your chances regarding full compliance with the Act.What constitutes a passenger loading zone is a question for debate and is specific to the facts. Every case is unique, and not all outcomes are the same
We would recommend if you are facing a demand on this particular question, you contact an attorney to help. Our firm is available.