New bank card for blind and partially sighted people
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Eye health and sight loss professionals can spread the word about new and accessible debit and savings cards for blind and partially sighted people.
RBS and NatWest have created the cards to address some of the common problems that thousands of their customers face. The cards can be ordered at the bank via telephone or online and will:
feature braille markings to identify which card is savings and which card is debit
have a notch cut out on the right hand side of the card to help customers insert their card into ATMs and PIN pads correctly
show telephone numbers where they will be most clear
have large font on the back of the card to make the phone numbers easier to read
This is the first banking product designed especially for blind and partially sighted people. RBS has worked closely with the RNIB in the development of this card and in recognition of this work the new debit and savings cards will be the first banking products to be awarded the new national quality assurance mark ‘RNIB approved’.
Steve Tyler, Head of Solutions, Strategy and Planning at RNIB said: “Simple as it is, creating a card with tactile indicators that identify the card type as well as the way in which it should be used, is an engineering challenge, particularly to ensure that it doesn't disrupt machinery. We look forward to working with RBS in to the future and enhancing even more of the daily payment challenges that blind and partially sighted customers experience."
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