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Dubai RTA unveils Braille local commute card

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) exhibited a directory covering initiatives and service products customized to the use of people of determination at the ongoing AccessAbilities Expo in the Emirate.

The three-day third edition of the event ends today (November 7) at Dubai World Trade Centre.

RTA exhibited nol card modelled after Braille whereby visually challenged individuals can differentiate it from other cards, thanks to its embossed letters. It also displayed a mobile phone app with a design featuring artificial intelligence and algorithm enabling visually impaired to use their mobile phones to identify places they want to go to via Bluetooth. It can also respond to voice commands to figure out important areas of the stations.

RTA also exhibited a Service Directory of People of Determination encompassing all initiatives customised to serve this segment to make their mobility easier, be it on public transport means, RTA facilities, footbridges or others, in line with RTA’s social responsibility.

Services customised to people of determination include exemption from Salik tolls (except audio disabilities), exemption from vehicle registration and renewal fees (including first-degree relatives). They also include 50 per cent exemption from driving license renewal fees, exemption from application fees of parking card, 100 per cent exemption from fees of nol card for senior Emiratis, 50 per cent exemption of nol card for students, and 50 per cent exemption on taxi fares.

Exhibits included A06 excellence model enabling smooth access for people of determination to RTA’s website enabling them to browse it in enlarged letters, dedicated screen for those experiencing colour blindness, and a voice service for benefiting from RTA services in addition to other features relating to vision, hearing disorders and inability to use the mouse among others.

RTA also promoted Dubai Audio Library established in collaboration with Bookshare website. The initiative, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, last December, enables access to more than 400 thousand digital books for various categories including  the visually impaired. It also explained procedures of obtaining free membership of the Library.

RTA also exhibited plans, initiatives and services tailored to the use of people of determination such as the Qualifying Environment for People of Determination Code. – TradeArabia News Service