Sir George on board with Guide Dogs' Talking Buses
1 Jul 2014
Sir George with Passenger and Guide Dog
Sir George with Passenger and Guide Dog
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Sir George showed his support for a campaign led by the charity Guide Dogs, to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss. "I went to a reception at the House of Commons to support the Guide Dogs campaign to make sure all new buses have Audio Visual next stop announcements, which are vital for blind and partially sighted bus travellers." Sir George said that many buses in London already had audial next stop announcements, and they were enormously helpful to all passengers. However,outside London, only roughly one fifth of the bus fleet nationally is similarly equipped. Guide dogs is calling for the Government to require that all new buses should be fitted with audio-visual systems, and Sir George said that he hoped the industry would respond to this request. "Without AV, bus travel for people with sight loss can be especially difficult and stressful, with a risk of missing stops and ending up in an unfamiliar area."
 
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