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The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Impacting Fuel Dispensers and Forecourts are Now in Effect
Austin, Texas - March 15, 2012 – Wayne, a GE Energy Business, (www.wayne.com), a global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, continues to help fuel retailers comply with regulations affecting the industry, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. In particular, the ADA requires convenience stores and self-service gas stations to provide equal access and usability for their customers with disabilities.
In 2010, the Department of Justice published changes to portions of the ADA regulations, which included adoption of the “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.” These 2010 Standards, which go into effect today, apply to newly constructed forecourt locations as well as altered facilities.
Under the revised standards, a fuel dispenser installed on a newly constructed island must have its highest operable part no more than 48-inches above the ground on which the user’s wheelchair sits. This means that the highest operable part of the dispenser can be no higher than 42-inches from the base of the dispenser if mounted on a six-inch curb. “Operable parts” include the credit-card reader, buttons for selecting fuel grade and buttons for requesting assistance.
Existing, non-altered sites will be grandfathered in, so that controls may be as high as 54-inches above the ground. However, all newly constructed sites will require 48” compliance. Wayne Ovation™ Series fuel dispensers are engineered to meet the 2010 Standards. They feature user controls placed at a maximum height of 42-inches from the base of the dispenser, resulting in a 48-inch reach range when mounted on a six-inch curb. 4/Vista™ fuel dispensers also can meet the new 48-inch standard if installed at grade.
“Fuel retailers have a lot to think about in making and keeping their businesses compliant with the ADA and accessible to their disabled customers,” says Mike Simmons, director of Wayne’s dispenser product management. “We can help them by designing and building dispensers that keep pace with the changing regulatory landscape.”
For more information about the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, please visit: ADA Standards for Accessible Design
About Wayne Fueling Systems
Wayne Fueling Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of fuel dispensers, payment terminals, forecourt control devices, point-of-sale and other measurement and control solutions to the retail and commercial fueling industry. Wayne has been at the forefront of innovation since it was founded in 1891 and is responsible for many of the breakthrough technologies that have transformed fuel retailing. Through a global network of distributors and service partners, Wayne products are sold and supported in over 140 countries around the world. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Wayne also has major design and assembly operations in Sweden, Brazil and China. www.wayne.com
3/15/2012 8:00:00 AM