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Creating a buzz about quiet cars

10 May 2015

The next meeting of the UN committee in charge of deciding the regulations for sound generators in quiet cars will take place in Seoul, South Korea, on the 11-12 May.  Guide Dogs has been working with the Royal Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the World Blind Union (WBU) to ensure that our concerns about the dangers that electric and hybrid cars pose to pedestrians with sight loss are fully represented at the meeting.

Recent research undertaken by the TAS Partnership has shown that quiet cars are 40% more likely to be involved in a collision with a pedestrian than conventional cars, so we are pleased to report that Boris Kisulenko, the committee’s Chair, has confirmed that the concerns of the vision impaired community will be taken into account when the regulations are set.  Organisations representing the vision impaired community from around the world, including Guide Dogs, are writing to committee members ahead of the meeting to lay out their requirements for how the new safety measures can be made as effective as possible.

The meeting comes as Paralympic sprinter and guide dog owner Libby Clegg’s petition to the UN on making quiet vehicles audible has been gathering momentum, with more than 5,000 signatures gathered in only a few weeks. 

Take Action! Sign Paralympian Libby Clegg’s petition to the UN to make quiet cars audible to blind and partially sighted pedestrians