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Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, has supported Guide Dogs’ call for the installation of a vital safety feature on quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to keep pedestrians safe.
Dawn backed the charity's call to install artificial noise generators on quiet vehicles at a Parliamentary Reception held in Westminster this week to highlight Guide Dogs’ concerns about the safety implications of vehicles that cannot be heard.
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.
Speaking after the event Dawn said:
“I’m very happy to support this campaign and help to highlight the potential safety issues associated with quiet vehicles. Listening out for vehicles is an important part of road safety for pedestrians, but especially so for blind and partially sighted people. We need the Government to take steps to ensure these quiet vehicles are made safe.”