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Robert Halfon calls for an end to “game of chance” bus service for blind people >

Politics / Sun 12th Oct 2014 pm31 08:24pm

GETTING off at the right bus stop is like “playing a game of chance”, says guide dog owner Linda, about her experiences navigating the bus network without sight.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon MP got a chance to experience for himself why people with sight loss need audio-visual announcements (AV) on buses, through playing a memory game, at the Conservative Party conference.

AV announcements are essential for people with sight loss to live independently and, without AV, bus passengers with sight loss have to ask the driver to remember to tell them when they have reached their
stop.

Finding out more about Guide Dogs’ work, Robert heard that 7 in 10 bus passengers with sight loss have been forgotten by a bus driver.

For a sighted person, missing a stop is an annoyance, but for someone with sight loss, it is distressing and potentially dangerous.

Robert Blind

James White, Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs commented: “Guide dogs do fantastic work getting people out and about safely, but the lack of AV acts as a real barrier to their independence.

That’s why we’re urging politicians like Robert Halfon MP to call for the installation of AV on all new buses, something which is cheap to do.”

AV doesn’t just help people with sight loss – tourists, older people and infrequent bus users all find AV useful.

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