Blind people swap places with bus drivers
BLIND people in Falmouth will be swapping places with bus drivers tomorrow to demonstrate the difficulties they face when taking public transport.
The event is part of the Royal National Institute of Blind People's (RNIB) bus campaign, which is calling on operators to respect blind and partially sighted people's disabilities.
Drivers from First Group will take part in tasks such as trying to board a bus and paying for a ticket at tomorrow's event.
Marie Jenkins, RNIB regional campaigns officer, said: "Catching a bus should not be a sight test. Local bus travel is a lifeline, providing an important means of transport for those who are not able to drive.
"Buses are often the only affordable way to travel independently to work, appointments or to visit friends and family.
"However, the difficulties blind and partially sighted people face in making journeys that other people take for granted are unacceptable.
"We want operators to remember one simple principle – stop for me, speak to me."
"We hope that, through the exercises on the day, everyone will leave with a better understanding of the challenges that people with sight-loss face and how best to assist all customers to feel confident and safe when taking the bus."
To join the campaign visit www.rnib.org.uk/bus or call RNIB's campaigns hotline on 0207 391 2123.