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Cars To Help Blind And Partially Sighted People


2:21pm 19th February 2013

Blind and partially sighted people in Dorset have welcomed moves to get electric and hybrid cars fitted with an artificial noise.

The Dorset Blind Association say the move would make our roads safer for people with sight problems.

There's been a vote in the European Parliament but it will have to be agreed by the EU council before it becomes law.

The vote follows a major lobbying campaign by Guide Dogs and other organisations representing blind and partially sighted people across Europe, which have called for it to be made law that drivers don't have the option to turn off artificial noise systems in their vehicles.

In 2010 the US passed a similar law on noise levels in quiet vehicles and Japan already has regulations in place.

"People with sight loss have always relied on hearing engine noise from cars and vans to identify a safe gap in the traffic to cross a road," says Dorset Blind Association chief executive Jonathan Holyhead.
"Electric and hybrid vehicles are much quieter so this change would make our roads safer and help protect not only the blind and partially sighted, but also pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users."

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