Bus drivers to get training to help blind commuters

Bus drivers to get training to help blind commuters

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Francis Batt

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Bus drivers to get training to help blind commuters

First Bus will become the first company in the industry to provide its drivers with training designed to help people who are blind or partially sighted.

First - which provides buses serving Slough, Langley and Maidenhead - will begin training each of its 17,000 UK drivers from September.

They will be encouraged to either verbally guide or physically assist customers to their seats and urged to alert customers when their stop is approaching.  In training, drivers will also be blindfolded so they can play the role of a blind passenger and therefore better understand the needs and concerns of such customers.

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