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Mark supports Guide Dogs' call to keep pedestrians safe from silent menace

(July 02, 2013)

Mark has supported Guide Dogs’ call for the installation of a vital safety feature on quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to keep pedestrians safe, by attending a reception at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 26 June.  He 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, where Transport Minister Norman Baker spoke, to highlight the charity’s concerns about the safety implications of vehicles that cannot be heard.

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Mark with guide dog owner Tim Gebbels

Mark said: ‘Quiet vehicles pose a considerable threat to the safety of partially sighted or blind people and should be fitted with artificial sound generators so that they can hear vehicles approaching’.  I welcome this important initiative by Guide Dogs’ and urge vehicle owners to consider the safety of blind pedestrians.’

James White, Guide Dogs' Campaigns Manager, said: "As the number of quiet vehicles increases on our roads, we need to ensure they are safe. Blind and partially sighted people rely on the sound of an engine to cross a road safely. If you can’t see or hear a car then how do you know it is there?”

"We welcome Mr Hendrick’s support for our campaign. Quiet vehicles must be safe for all pedestrians and we urge the Department for Transport to take steps to ensure this happens”

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