Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association regarding the issue of blind bus passengers being stranded on buses after drivers have failed to alert them to the arrival of the bus at their stop.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Norman Baker, received a copy of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Forgotten Passengers report on 25 January 2012. This report provided valuable testimony from blind, partially sighted and other disabled passengers on the difficulties they face travelling on buses around the United Kingdom. Although no meeting has taken place specifically to discuss the outcomes of this report, Norman Baker acknowledged receipt of it in a letter of 7 March 2012. He previously met the chief executive of Guide Dogs, Richard Leaman, on 1 November 2011 to discuss a number of issues affecting blind and partially sighted passengers.

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