Back in October 2016, the Talking Buses campaign took a big step forward when the Government made an amendment to the Bus Services Bill that required all buses to provide accessible next-stop and final-destination information for people with vision impairments – fantastic! The Bill is due to become law later in 2017, but remember you can still take action to ensure that the Talking Buses amendment is in it.
I have missed my stop before because the driver drove past it without saying anything to let me know. I once asked a driver for the number of the stand I was at and he completely ignored me, very rude! These experiences are part of my apprehensions currently.
Lee Worcester, guide dog owner
The challenges of using buses for guide dog owners
A report based on a bus passenger survey of 2,009 people, which took place between February and July 2014, shows that nearly two thirds of blind or partially sighted passengers have missed their stop at least once during the last six months.
Road to Nowhere 2013
We ran a survey between 2012 and 2013 to find out about people’s experiences of using the bus. It revealed that 9 out of 10 people with sight loss found travelling by bus caused them difficulties when visiting places.
The TAS Report
The TAS Report into “Installing Audio-Visual Equipment on Buses – Cost and Practicality Issues”, revealed the real costs of AV: it only costs £2,550 to install AV on a double-decker bus. In comparison, a new bus costs around £190,000.
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