Provin­cial ‘blue zone’ park­ing fine now $400 to $700

Changes to reg­u­la­tions now in ef­fect; more to come

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These changes in­volve the need for one in 10 apart­ment build­ing units to be fully ac­ces­si­ble, for ex­am­ple, ver­sus one in 15. There must be bar­rier-free (typ­i­cally lower) coun­ters wher­ever the pub­lic is served, larger ac­ces­si­ble toi­let stalls, broader turn­stiles, power doors be­yond just the main en­trances for build­ings larger than 500 square me­tres, and a change in the height and num­ber of grab `bars. There is also a new gra­di­ent for ac­cess ramps.

Any­one un­cer­tain as to what may or may not ap­ply to their own prop­erty is en­cour­aged to con­tact Ser­vice NL.

The broader Build­ings Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Act as a whole has been in place since 1981, and ad­vo­cates con­tinue to call for a more in-depth re­view and re­place­ment of the en­tire act.

Ser­vice NL Min­is­ter Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh has com­mit­ted to that re­view, but there is no clear in­di­ca­tion yet of when ex­actly a re­place­ment of the act might come.

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