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Guide Dogs parliamentary reception

03 Jul 2014

Baroness Kramer at the Guide Dogs Parliamentary ReceptionMembers of Parliament and House of Lords turned out in force yesterday to support Guide Dogs with their parliamentary reception in the House of Commons.

More than 150 MPs and Peers joined Guide Dogs at the reception which highlighted the need for audio visual announcements to be available on all buses. Alongside an emotive speech from guide dog owner Dave Kent, speeches from Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, and Shadow Minister Mary Creagh recognised the difference that AV would make to passengers with sight loss. 

Baroness Kramer also outlined a new initiative by the Department of Transport which they hope will encourage the development of a cheaper AV system, making it even easier for buses companies to embrace.

James White, Campaigns Manager for Guide Dogs said: "The magnificent turn out yesterday was very encouraging, it gave us a great deal of hope to see so many MPs and Peers showing support for our Talking Buses campaign. Baroness Kramer and Mary Creagh in particular were incredibly supportive. 9 out of 10 people with sight loss have missed their stop due to lack of AV on buses, this is a vital change which needs to be made, there is a lot of work still to do but it now feels like we are that bit closer to making it happen."

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