ADA Compliant and ADA Ready Vending Machines
eVending’s Vending Machines comply with Federal regulations for ADA compliance
eVending complies with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) regulations by offering vending machines that are either ADA compliant or ADA ready. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all usability components of the vending machine to be between 15” and 48” up from the floor which designates machines as ADA compliant. All of the usability components including the monetary, selection, and delivery areas on eVending’s ADA compliant vending machines are positioned to accommodate wheelchair accessibility. In addition, all of eVending’s ADA compliant vending machines are manufactured at our production facility in Clive, Iowa starting with a raw roll of steel.
The Federal ADA regulations were enacted in 2012 and apply to public entities, which include any federal, state or local government, and to private entities that offer public accommodations. If a vending operator provides several banks of machines at one location, at least one of each vending machine type — snack, food, beverage, or coffee — must be ADA-compliant.
The Federal ADA regulations are aimed to make vending machines more accessible to people with disabilities and the prominent vending industry association, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), strongly supports the goals of the ADA. Below is some useful information for ADA vending machine operators regarding Federal regulations.
• ADA guidelines went in effect March 15, 2012 and are applicable to:
o Public entities such as state or local government and any of its departments, agencies or instrumentalities
o Private entities that operate public accommodations such as retail, hotels, hospitals, recreational facilities and schools
o Safe harbor rules may apply; You do not have to replace existing vending machines with new ADA compliant machines unless the location undergoes alterations or the vending machines are removed, re-installed and/or upgraded
• Operating parts such as the coin/bill acceptor and product delivery box must be no higher than 48” and no less than 15” from the floor
• One of each type of vending machine must comply (i.e., one beverage, one snack, etc.)
• Courts may award monetary damages and impose penalties of up to $55,000 for a first violation
Please consult legal counsel on how the ADA compliant and ADA ready requirements affect your facility or contact eVending if you have any further questions!