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9914 ask the Government to get on board with Talking Buses

02 Oct 2014

9914 people have shown their support for Guide Dogs Talking Buses campaign and signed a petition asking the Government to ensure all new buses have audio visual (AV) technology. This vital technology would mean that all people with sight loss could use buses with more confidence, safe in the knowledge that so they can alight at their intended stop.

The petition, which was delivered to Downing Street today (2 October 2014),  was organised by Guide Dogs following a survey which revealed that people who are blind and partially sighted are being let down by the lack of AV technology on board buses. The survey of 2009 people including 818 blind and partially sighted respondent’s, showed:

•Two thirds (65%) of blind and partially sighted bus passengers, who responded to the survey, have missed their stop at least once in the last six months

•73% of bus users who responded to Guide Dogs survey said none of their local services had on board AV announcements

•Only 14% of disabled survey respondents said a bus driver always responds appropriately to their needs as a disabled passenger

The full details of the research have today been published in the report which is appropriately named ‘Destination Unknown’.

James White, Campaigns Manager, said: “The findings of Destination Unknown show that the bus network is not yet fit for purpose for passengers with sight loss. Whilst there are pockets of good practice too many people with sight loss are travelling with uncertainty due to the lack of this vital technology in many parts of the UK.

“For a person who is blind and partially sighted, missing their bus stop can be a truly terrifying experience, as finding their way home can be very dangerous. We hope that the Government takes note of the strength of feeling shown by today’s petition and acts to ensure all buses in the UK are Talking Buses.”

You can read the Destination Unknown report in Word 49kb

You can read the Destination Unknown report PDF.  920kb


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