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Autumn Statement - investment in quiet vehicles ignores pedestrian safety

06 Dec 2013

Dave and his guide dog Quince trying to cross a busy roadIn response to the Chancellor's announcement on electric vehicles in the Autumn Statement yesterday (5 December), Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White commented:

"The Government has committed £5 million to increasing the number of quiet hybrid and electric cars on our roads, whilst doing nothing to tackle the danger they cause. These vehicles don't make as much noise as conventional cars so it is difficult for pedestrians, particularly blind and partially sighted people, to hear them coming."

"Our research shows they are 25% more likely to hit pedestrians than conventional vehicles. We're all in favour of greener cars but the Government must make sure that they are safe too. We're calling on the Government to make any additional funding dependent on cars being fitted with sound generators to make sure pedestrians can hear them coming."

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Hybrid and electric vehicles are so quiet that pedestrians may only hear them when they are just one second from impact.
Support our campaign for safer electric and hybrid vehicles by writing to your MP.