Angus MP, Mike Weir, is backing Guide Dogs’ campaign to get noise generators installed on quiet hybrid and electric vehicles for safety.
Mr Weir attended a reception hosted by Guide Dogs on June 26 at the Houses of Parliament
He was amongst a large number of MPs who backed the charity’s call to install artificial noise generators. Research shows that some quiet vehicles cannot be heard until one second before impact.
Mr Weir said: “I am very pleased to support the Guide Dogs campaign. The organisation has a long association with Angus through it’s Forfar centre and trainee guide dogs are a common sight in Angus towns.
“As the driver of a hybrid car myself I am well aware of the differences of noise compared to traditional cars and this will increase with the introduction of electric cars.
“It is vital that we take into account the effect that this has on all sections of our population and the campaign highlights a potential difficulty with blind and partially sighted people which must be tackled.”
James White, Guide Dogs’ campaigns manager, said: “We welcome Mike’s support for our campaign. Quiet vehicles must be safe for all pedestrians and we urge the department for transport to take steps to ensure this happens.”