27 Apr 2010

Braille included on Wellington transport card for blind

7:13 am on 27 April 2010

Blind residents living in Wellington who rely on taxis for transport will soon be issued with a new smart card that has a unique braille feature.

The cards are being issued to about 415 people to replace a paper voucher system, which will be phased out in July.

Users of the Wellington Regional Council's subsidised taxi service Total Mobility will need the cards when they use taxis.

The chairman of the council's disability reference group, Thomas Bryan, says having braille on the cards will make it easier to find them in their wallets.

The system will also eliminate the time-consuming processing of vouchers and reduce the potential for fraud, Mr Bryan says.