Influence the future of public transport accessibility

16 May 2013

Good news, the Transport Select Committee is running an inquiry into the accessibility of transport. As part of this inquiry they have set up a forum asking for transport users’ views on accessibility. These views will form questions for Transport Minister Norman Baker, who will ultimately decide whether buses in the UK should be made accessible for passengers with sight loss and fitted with AV announcement systems, as pushed for with the Guide Dogs Talking Buses campaign. 

The Committee is a very influential group of MPs and this inquiry is a rare opportunity for people to put their views across to policy-makers and help shape laws that are made in this area. In order for this to have an impact Guide Dogs is encouraging people to complete and promote this inquiry.

Top messages for responses

The inquiry is split into three topics; physical accessibility, travel information and staff assistance. Responses should be based on your views and experiences. We hope responses will signify: 

1.    Public transport is essential to the independent mobility of blind and partially sighted people who are unable to drive. Buses in most parts of the country are currently inaccessible to people with sight loss.

2.    AV announcements on buses would allow blind and partially sighted people to use the bus service with confidence and bring buses into line with other modes of transport such as trains and trams.

3.    Bus driver training also needs to be improved. Some drivers refuse to tell visually impaired people when they have reached the correct stop. Others don’t undertake simple things like pulling the bus up to the kerb or waiting until the person has sat down before moving off.

Submit your response

We advise that submission should be made as soon as possible in order to influence the committee. The official closing date is 3 June 2013.

Submissions can be made via an online form (http://bit.ly/179epPD). Please note this involves a data captcha which may not be accessible for screenreaders.

Alternatively you can submit your response via email (transev@parliament.uk), we recommend you align your views with the three topics (physical accessibility, travel information and staff assistance).




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Guidedogs Talking Buses

We advise that submission should be made as soon as possible in order to influence the committee. The official closing date is 3 June 2013.

Submissions can be made via an online form (http://bit.ly/179epPD). Please note this involves a data captcha which may not be accessible for screenreaders.

Alternatively you can submit your response via email (transev@parliament.uk), we recommend you align your views with the three topics (physical accessibility, travel information and staff assistance).