Sunday, January 31, 2010

Doofus Of The Day #317


Today's award goes to the employment personnel of the Portsmouth City Council in England.

Local governments have in the recent past made admirable attempts to be more culturally inclusive by printing official documents in various languages.

However, one city council might have let its enthusiasm run away with itself - by printing taxi-driver licence applications in braille.

In a move that is almost certainly the first of its kind, the forms can also be printed and downloaded in large print or audio format people with sight problems.

A note on the Portsmouth City Council website says the documents can be downloaded in large print, Braille or audio.


There's more at the link.

I ask you! A taxi driver application in Braille??? Didn't anyone in their offices see the inherent contradiction in terms??? It's the very definition of Doofidity!





Peter

5 comments:

Farmmom said...

Have you ridden in a taxi lately? I would swear that some of the drivers are blind.

Christina LMT said...

Just like all the instructions on the drive-up ATMS being in braille, as well. I never got that!

B_L said...

There are braille instructions on the machines that give you a ticket before driving onto a toll-highway as well. Makes even less sense than the drive-up ATMs, as somebody could walk up to those. I don't think many people pay tolls to walk on highways.

Peter (NOGH) said...

I have no idea what goes on in England, but I can attest that in NYC use of the windshield is definitely optional by the cabbies.

:)

Bob@thenest said...

Next will be the requirement for meters to be by synthetic voice for blind drivers (who can't read the meter).