Guide Dogs chief criticises lack of action by operators

 

 

The chief executive of Guide Dogs has praised the audio visual equipment on buses in London as “amazing”, but has slammed the “pitiful” provision elsewhere.

“We have some horrific statistics of the number of people with sight loss who have been left on a bus by a bus driver who has forgotten to tell them that they’ve got to their stop,” said Richard Leaman, speaking last week in London at the launch of the charity’s Stand Out Bus Tour.

He continued: “It is something that has to be automated. In London it is automated. In the rest of the country there is a pitiful number of buses fitted with audio visual equipment.

“The smart bus companies have fitted it, because they can see it provides a much wider service to those who are perhaps new to the area … This isn’t just for people with sight loss. Audio visual equipment on buses is for all people.”

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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