The world’s first mobile bank was introduced by Royal Bank of Scotland in November 1946.
RBS had an extensive network of branches spread over a wide geographical area. One
operational problem it faced was how to provide banking facilities to remote areas. A
‘Travelling Bank’ on the Isle of Lewis was suggested to serve, in particular, the island’s
crofter-weavers, who would previously have had to take significant time off work to visit
the bank in Stornoway, the island’s biggest town. The new mobile bank, based at the Stornoway branch, went into service on Tuesday
5 November 1946. It was on the road for 9 days a fortnight and travelled, on average, 50 miles a day.