Do you keep losing your nol cards? If that’s you, then you’d be happy to know that Dubai’s RTA has come up with a tech solution for this problem: the virtual nol card.
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The virtual nol card is a more convenient version of the traditional (physical) nol card, which can also be used to pay for public transport fares, as well as other payments such as parking fees, shopping at certain retail outlets and refuelling station, among other things.
Do You Keep Losing You Nol Card? Dubai’s RTA Offers Digital Nol Card App
Last week, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled its ‘virtual’ Nol card, which allows users to load a Nol card on to a mobile phone and use it to access transport services in the emirate, as shared in a report by the Arabian Business.
Just like the traditional nol card, the virtual card can also be used to pay for public transport fares, as well as other payments such as parking fees, shopping at certain retail outlets and refuelling stations. The Nol card can be recharged using credit or debit cards that are saved on mobile phones.
The RTA unveiled the new tech solution at the GITEX 2019, citing plans to launch it for Dubai users in Q3 of 2020.
According to Mohammed Al Khayat, director of Automated Fare Collection at RTA’s Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, “We are keen to familiarise the public with this initiative for buying the virtual Nol card and saving it in their mobile phones where they can top-up the card directly from their credit cards, which are saved in their phones.”
Al Khayat explained though that the NFC feature has to be enabled in the smartphones of riders in order for them to use the virtual Nol card in paying fares for metro, bus, tram and marine transport services.
He added, “RTA is planning to roll out the virtual Nol card in the third quarter of 2020. Later on, all the existing Nol card functions will be added to the virtual card. Offering this initiative couldn’t have come at a better time as Dubai is heading towards the hosting of a big event, Expo 2020.”
Once the virtual nol card has been rolled out officially, we can no longer blame ageing if we’re not able to find our physical nol card in our stuff since we will only need to have our mobile phones for this.