Letter to Wales Online about the Talking Buses campaign in Cardiff

September 16, 2014 1:54 PM

Guide DogsDear Editor,

I hope everyone saw the Guide Dog charity's bright yellow bus in Queen Street last weekend. The bus was stationed in Cardiff as part of the charity's national campaign to fit audio-visual (AV) technology on all buses and help passengers with sight loss travel more independently and confidently.

Earlier this year I met Guide Dogs in Parliament alongside Liberal Democrat Bus Minister Baroness Kramer to discuss how announcements in buses can help blind and partially sighted people use buses more easily and not miss their stops.

Only 20% of UK buses have audio visual (AV) and without it, 9 in 10 blind or partially sighted passengers have got off at the wrong stop. Currently, bus operators are under no obligation to include AV technology when upgrading their buses.

I have been contacted by constituents who have friends and family affected by this, and I am very pleased to support the Talking Buses campaign. It is very important that we do all we can to support blind people to live independent and fulfilling lives. Hopefully with more awareness and support we can get the changes that are needed.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Willott MP

Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central

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