Photo ID metro cards due soon to prevent ticket misuse

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By Elsa Baxter  www.arabianbusiness.com

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will launch a new personalised metro card for commuters in the next few weeks, officials said.

METRO TICKET: Nol Blue Cards will be available at Dubai Metro stations in the next few weeks. (ITP Images)
METRO TICKET: Nol Blue Cards will be available at Dubai Metro stations in the next few weeks. (ITP Images)

The Nol Blue Card will be registered with the RTA and carry a person’s photograph and personal details, so it can only be used by them.

Nol Silver and Gold cards will still be available to use for journeys on Dubai Metro.

“The Nol Blue Cards, which will be launched in a few weeks, are personalised cards aimed at protecting the users from any misuse of their metro fare cards,” Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of the Corporate Technical Support Services, RTA, told Gulf News.

People will be able to apply for Blue Cards in metro stations and RTA customer service centres at first, and then online from November, the paper reported. The cards are delivered by courier.

Al Madani told the paper that discounted fares for students, the elderly and people with disabilities will be brought in from the second quarter of next year at the same time as monthly Nol tickets, when the metro will be fully operational.