Accessible Public Transport
New regulations for 2021 state that all ‘quiet running’ vehicles, including electric buses, must emit a noise to ensure pedestrians – and in particular, blind and partially sighted people – will be able to travel by foot more safely.
Speakers attached to the front of the buses emit an artificial sound to make road users aware it is moving. The bus will make the noise when travelling under 12 miles per hour (mph), when reversing and when stationary; when travelling over 12 mph, it makes enough noise that the sound is unnecessary.
The sound has been created in collaboration with Guide Dogs for the Blind and other accessibility groups, to ensure it meets the needs of disabled pedestrians. It is currently being trialled in London but soon we will be able to hear the noise around the country too.