Training to help blind on buses

Bus drivers in Newcastle have been blindfolded to give them an insight into how difficult it is for blind and visually impaired people to board and travel on buses.

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Bus drivers get a taste of life for visually impaired passengers

A bus driver tries goggles which simulate tunnel vision Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Bus drivers in Newcastle have been given training to help them help visually impaired passengers. The training was organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People after it discovered how many of its members struggle when using buses.

Bus drivers boarded buses to find out how difficult it can be with impaired vision Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The RNIB hopes to provide training and advice to all bus companies, to ensure that drivers know what kind of help they should offer. Buses are a lifeline for people with visual impairments but seeing the right bus coming, finding a seat and knowing when the right stop is can be very difficult.

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