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Mercedes-Benz of Watford

Colne Bridge Retail Park, Lower High Street, Watford, WD17 2JG

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Dealership Information

Public Transport and Parking

  • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the branch.
  • The nearest train station is Bushey.
  • The nearest underground tube station is Bushey.
  • The dealership has its own car park.
  • The car park is located to the side of the branch.
  • Parking is free for all customers.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge parking bays.
  • Designated parking bays are clearly marked/signposted.
  • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay are 260cm x 480cm and all bays are the same size.
  • There is a hatched zone on one side and to the rear.
  • The hatched zone is at least 120cm.
  • The nearest designated bay is 6m from the entrance.
  • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
  • Potential obstacles between the Blue Badge parking and the entrance include dropped kerbs without tactile paving.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging View
    • The electric vehicle charging point(s) is/are located to the right of the Blue Badge Parking.
    • There is/are 1 electric vehicle charging point(s).
    • The height of the electric vehicle charging point controls/screen is 115cm.
    • The height of the electric vehicle charging point nozzle slot is 140cm.

Dealership Forecourt

  • The surfaces in the forecourt are even.
  • There is step-free access in the forecourt.
  • There is not room for wheelchairs users to manoeuvre around the cars in the forecourt.
  • There is not room for wheelchair users to manoeuvre between cars in the forecourt.
  • Signage is clearly presented/easy to read.

Entrance

  • This information is for the entrance located next to the forecourt.
  • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with the immediate surroundings.
  • There are double manual doors which opens both ways.
  • The width of the door opening is 160cm.

Reception (Welcome)

  • The reception point is located ahead as you entrance.
  • The reception point is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
  • There is step-free access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 100cm.
  • There is not a low level counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users.
  • There is background noise here.
  • The counter is not staffed.
  • There is hard flooring in the reception area.
  • Reception View
    • There is some flooring in the reception area which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is flooring in the reception area which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.

Showroom

  • There is step-free access throughout the branch.
  • The majority of walkways are over 150cm wide.
  • There is room for wheelchair users to manoeuvre between most of the cars in the showroom.
  • Display cars within the showroom are often moved.
  • Signage is clearly presented/easy to read.
  • There is hard flooring in the showroom.
  • There is some flooring in the showroom which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.

Sales Desks

  • There are more than 10 sales desks, and the nearest one is approximately 6m from the entrance.
  • The desk(s) is/are is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the desk(s).
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the desk(s).
  • The sales area has: chairs with armrests, tables which are accessible to wheelchair users and armchairs.
  • There are patterned backgrounds at some desks, windows, TVs and glazed screens or mirrors at some desks which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
  • The lowest desk is 69cm high and the highest desk is 70cm high.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk(s).
  • Some of the desks have clear space under them.
  • There is a desk at the rear of the Customer Lounge, which is used as the Parts Reception.

Customer Lounge

  • There is a customer lounge 3m from the entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the customer lounge.
  • There is hard flooring and low pile carpet in this area.
  • There is some flooring in this area which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • There is background noise here.
  • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the lounge.
  • There is space for an assistance dog to rest within the lounge.
  • The following furniture is permanently fixed: some of the chairs.
  • The customer lounge has: tables which are accessible to wheelchair users, chairs with armrests, armchairs and chairs without armrests.
  • The distance between the floor and the underside of the table is 69cm.
  • The surface height of the lowest table is 42cm.
  • The surface height of the highest table is 104cm.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the seating area.
  • The tables do contrast visually with the floor.
  • There is a self-service refreshment counter.
  • The height of the counter is 93cm.
  • The counter does not have a clear knee recess.
  • There is a coffee machine and a television.
  • There is not an entertainment or activity area for children.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Left Hand Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the showroom.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 51m (55yd 2ft) from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access into the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 210cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 73cm (2ft 5in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a sanitary bin and a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on the right.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 92cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 80cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located at the rear of the showroom.
    • There is step-free access into the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 50m from the entrance.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.