‘Silent menace’ worry

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting Guide Dogs’ call for a vital safety feature on quiet hybrid and electric vehicles to keep pedestrians safe.

Ms Cooper wants noise generators installed on quiet vehicles, after research showed some cannot be heard until one second before impact.

She said: “As we know our roads are getting busier for all pedestrians so any measures that can improve road safety must be welcomed.

“I am delighted to give my backing to the Guide Dogs campaign to improve road safety. “For many blind and partially sighted people their Guide Dogs give them real independence.

“If it requires artificial noise generators on quiet vehicles to maintain that safety and independence then I believe it is worthwhile.”