New Guide Dogs report reveals the dangers of quiet vehicles

26 March 2015

With a new report revealing electronic and hybrid vehicles are 40% more likely to be involved in an accident, Guide Dogs calls upon MPs to recognise the needs of blind people in transport policy.

Most people would not choose to step out into the road without using their sight and hearing to guide them.

Yet that is the situation many blind and partially sighted people are being forced to deal with due to the growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles, which are almost inaudible below around 20 mph.

The number of these cars is growing and so is the concern around road safety among campaign groups.

The issue is worrying for all vulnerable road users, from children to older people and particularly for those with impaired vision.

This has prompted the charity Guide Dogs to launch its Safe and Sound campaign which seeks to address this new danger.

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