This post was most recently updated on February 6th, 2019
The Guide Dogs charity are currently running a campaign called, “Talking Buses” which aims to change the law so that audio-visual equipment is installed on buses and scheduled coach services.
According to James White, Campaigns Manager for Guide Dogs, an incredible “nine in ten people with sight loss have missed their stop“. Installing AV equipment on buses will help to reduce the number of times blind and partially sighted people get off at the wrong stop which would be an inconvenience for most people, but is a source of real anxiety and concern for people with sight loss.
Recently, over 150 politicians from the House of Lords and Westminster Parliament met with the GuideDogs charity to discuss the implementation of adding audio-visual technology to public buses.
Surely it can’t be too hard to add the ability to announce, both audibly and visibly, the current stop, next stop and final destination to buses? Apparently, Transport For London has already upgraded all of its 8,000 buses, so it can be done and the rest of the country should follow suit.
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