Chester MP, Stephen Mosley, is supporting the Guide Dogs’ campaign to further educate people on the safety implications of quiet electric and hybrid vehicles, especially for blind and partially sighted people.
Stephen met with representatives of the charity at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, to discuss the implications of greater numbers of electric and hybrid cars on our road and to support their campaign to introduce compulsory sounds to ensure safety for blind and partially sighted people, as well as for everyone else.
Commenting on the campaign, Stephen said:
“This is a vital campaign which I fully support. It is important that as we make moves towards greener transport we ensure that safety considerations remain at the forefront. It was great to be able to meet with The Guide Dogs to discuss this issue and to learn a bit more about their campaign”
As well as discussing the issues at hand, Stephen took part in the Guide Dogs’ ‘Racing Challenge’, finishing with a 2.9 second lap time.
As a charity dedicated to the independent mobility of blind and partially sighted people, Guide Dogs is concerned about the lack of noise generated by quiet electric and hybrid vehicles. Guide Dogs supports moves to create international standards for sounds to be generated by quiet electric and hybrid vehicles when manoeuvring at low speeds, especially at less than 20 miles per hour (MPH). Guide Dogs encourages the UK government and manufacturers of UK vehicles to adopt these recommendations when ratified.