New ADA Guidelines Impact Locations for ATM Machines
Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
If you are looking to use your business as a location for ATMs, then make sure that your ATM locations comply with new federal requirements.
On top of various requirements for the visually impaired, some of the new guidelines mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act relate to the size of the location itself. This makes finding ATM locations trickier, so make sure to hire an ATM placement service that specializes in finding ADA-compliant high-traffic locations.
The usable parts for ATMs cannot exceed 48 inches in height and cannot be lower than 15 inches above the ground. This requirement aims to increase access to those confined to wheelchairs.
Another requirement that owners of ATM locations must abide by focuses on the area adjacent to the machine. An ATM must have a clear and accessible path either in a parallel or forward approach and its size must be a minimum of 30 inches by 48 inches.
ATMs are everywhere. Liquor stores, amusement parks, gas stations, dance clubs and bars. If you are a business owner, you can either buy or lease an ATM for your business. Just make sure your ATM locations will meet the ADA space requirements. If you own ATMs, consult an ATM placement service to obtain the best high-traffic locations.
There are also a host of other requirements ATMs must abide by: minimum sizes for the numbers and characters on the display screen, a minimum size for the display screen, Braille assistance and voice guidance mechanisms. Whatever type of business you have, just make sure that the ATM you lease or buy is compliant.
While credit and debit cards are popular, cash is not going away. Some transactions will always require cash payment. So, if you have ATMs ready to be placed but are just missing high-traffic locations do yourself a favor and hire an ATM locating company. Before you know it, the ATM you lease or buy will bring you sizable profits.
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