Talking Buses With the Treasury

Last week Guide Dogs submitted a response to the Treasury’s Autumn Statement consultation, requesting a fund to support the installation of audio visual (AV) announcements on board new buses.

Guide Dogs’ Talking Buses campaign calls for AV next and final stop announcements on board buses across the UK. Currently only 19% of buses have this technology and 97% of these buses are in London. The campaign calls for AV technology to be installed on all new buses to redress this imbalance. This technology is not only vital to support those with sight loss but for other bus users as well, for example older people, those with a hearing impairment, or those unfamiliar with the area such as tourists.

Emily And AvGuide Dogs’ submission requests the Treasury allocate a fund specifically for the provision of AV announcements on board buses. This fund could either take the form of £5.75 million per annum or a £2-3 million grant fund, depending upon contributions by operators. These figures are based on government figures and research Guide Dogs commissioned by transport consultants the TAS Partnership.

The response was supported by the following organisations:
RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Mencap, Whizz-Kidz, Deafblind UK, Age UK, The Campaign for Better Transport, Bus Users UK, Headway, Thomas Pocklington Trust, Kent Association for the Blind, Reading Buses and Nottingham City Transport.

You can download a copy of the submission here.


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