Steve McCabe MP supports Guide Dogs' call to keep pedestrians safe from silent menace

Steve McCabe has supported Guide Dogs’ call for the installation of a vital safety feature on quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to keep pedestrians safe.

Mr McCabe was amongst the large number of Members of Parliament who backed the charity's call to install artificial noise generators on quiet vehicles.

Research shows that some quiet vehicles cannot be heard until one second before impact and, in certain conditions, are more likely to be involved in a collision with a pedestrian than conventional vehicles.

Guide Dogs held the reception to highlight the charity’s concerns about the safety implications of vehicles that cannot be heard.

Steve McCabe said:  “I am pleased to support the charity Guide Dogs’ call for the installation of artificial noise generators on quiet vehicles.

“As the number of quiet vehicles increases on our roads, we need to ensure they are safe for pedestrians. Blind and partially sighted people rely on the sound of an engine to cross a road safely.

“Quiet vehicles must be safe for all pedestrians and I hope that the Department for Transport take steps to ensure this happens. If you can’t see or hear a car then how do you know it is there?”

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