Michael CollinsQ. I am confused about what has happened to parking spaces for those of us who drive vans and must unload from side ramps or wheelchair lifts. I have usually been able to find at least a few parking spaces in large parking lots that would allow me to unload safely without being blocked by another vehicle. That is no longer the case, at least at one of my favorite stores. Their parking lot was recently resurfaced, and in the process they restriped the lot. The “Van Accessible” signs were still there, but gone were the wider aisles that allowed me to unload without risk of being blocked. When I asked the store manager why the dimensions had been changed, he said that it was the latest requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I thought any changes to that important law would be for the purpose of making things better, not worse. Why did this happen? If every parking lot is changed, there will be limited opportunities for parking by those of us who need vans with lifts and ramps. Is there anything that can be done to restore what has