Wayne David says electric vehicles need to be made safe for blind pedestrians.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has given his backing to a Guide Dogs’ campaign to make quiet hybrid and electric vehicles safer for all road users. The charity is calling for artificial noise generators to be installed on these vehicles.
Mr David met with Guide Dogs, who campaign for the rights of blind and partially-sighted people, in the House of Commons after he had been contacted by a number of his constituents about the importance of making quiet vehicles safe for all road users, particularly people with visual impairments.
Recent research by Guide Dogs has shown that people can hear petrol vehicles travelling at 5 miles per hour from 28 feet away, but can only hear electric or hybrid vehicles travelling at the same speed from 7 feet away.
Mr David said, “I am pleased to give my support to this important campaign. As the number of quiet vehicles increases on our roads, it is essential that we do everything possible to ensure they are as safe as possible.
“Blind and partially sighted people rely on the sound of an engine to cross a road safely. However, vehicle noise is important to all road users, especially children, older people and cyclists. I am therefore calling on the UK Government to takes steps to make sure artificial noise generators are installed on all quiet hybrid and electric vehicles”.
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