122016Jul

Bus Services Bill

The Bus Services Bill was recently announced in the Queen’s speech. I think that this is a fantastic opportunity to get the requirement to have audio visual (AV) next stop and final destination announcements on all new buses into law.

I believe this requirement would enable people with sight loss, and many other members of society to catch the bus with the confidence of knowing that they will be able to alight at the right destination.

In 2014/2015 there were a total of 9.9 million local bus journeys made in Wiltshire. Of these, 4.0 million were made using concessionary passes for older or disabled people.

Within Wiltshire alone, there are 86,701 concessionary pass holders, including 5,110 disabled pass holders.

If included in the Buses Services Bill, the requirement for next stop announcements could therefore help thousands of people to gain more independence as it gives them the confidence to catch the local buses in our community.

Please see the letter HERE that I wrote to the Bus Minister, Andrew Jones MP, asking him to include a requirement within the Bus Services Bill for all new buses to have this audio-visual requirement.

I have now received a reply HERE from the Department for Transport. Please rest assured, I will continue to campaign for this amendment to be included within the Buses Bill.

I fully support the Guide Dog who are campaigning on this issue: http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/campaigns/talkingbuses