RTA exhibits Braille’s nol card, app at AccessAbilities Expo

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) took part in the 3rd AccessAbilities Expo held at Dubai World Trade Centre (5-7 November). Through its stand, RTA exhibited a directory covering initiatives and service products customized to the use of people of determination.

The step is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, themed: “My Community... A City for Everyone."

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% exemption from driving license renewal fees, exemption from application fees of parking card, 100% exemption from fees of nol card for Senior Emiratis, 50% exemption of nol card for students, and 50% 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. It supports “My Community... A City for Everyone" initiative and the directives of our leaders in support of this humanitarian cause.

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