ACCESSIBLE: Disabled-friendly telephone booths will be installed at shopping complexes, government departments and transport hubs
GEORGE TOWN: DISABLED-friendly public telephone booths will be placed at high-density commercial areas and transport hubs before the end of this year.
The Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) is targeting to have at least one of these booths at shopping complexes, government departments, ferry and bus terminals, and the airport.
Councillor Muhammad Sabri Md. Osman said the Traffic Sub-Committee had outlined the mandatory specifications for the booths.
"Each telephone handset must be within the reach of wheelchair-bound users.
"The booths will have foldable seats to cater to those with mobility problems," Sabri said at a full council meeting here yesterday.
Among the features to be standardised, he said, were the height, width and length of the booths.
He said they would be designed to allow users to enter and exit through the front and side.
"The telephone keypads will have the Braille alphabet and numbers to enable visually-impaired individuals to make calls."
Sabri added that the booths would not block walkways and their surroundings would be clutter-free.
He said MPPP had engaged two contractors to come out with design proposals for the booths.
He said the company which gets the contract for the project would be required to bear the maintenance cost of the telephone booths.
With regards to the issue of vandalism, he said the contractor would be asked to service the booths regularly.