With 2012 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance deadlines looming, ATM owners have questions about the requirements for ADA-compliant ATMs. Machines from 7-8 years ago may still work perfectly, but not meet ADA and PCI standards. Nevertheless, all ATM owners must be compliant or face the risk of fines by March 15, 2012 of next year – up to $55,000 for a first offense.
There is some good news: new ATMs are already fully compliant, and if you have multiple machines on site, only one must meet the guidelines. In fact, most ATM manufacturers have been ahead of the game in creating machines prepared to serve customers with disabilities, with features including:
It is important to note that no ATMs will be grandfathered beyond the deadline.
Some ATM owners may be able to upgrade existing ATMs – although this may require an investment.
The trickiest upgrade may be the audio jack for blind ATM customers, and addition of Braille instructions to launch this feature. Others, such as ensuring sufficient clear ground space around the machine, are easier to accomplish. (View a complete list of ATM requirements from the ADA. See section 707.)
All of the ATMs in the CAI product line-up meet ADA requirements. If you are looking to upgrade your ATM or purchase a new machine, visit our ATM Products page today.
We will help you find the right solution for you.