Bus drivers spend a day in the lives of their partially sighted passengers

York Press: At the Swap With Me event at First York are Tracy Dearing, Will Pearson, Diane Roworth, Hugh Bayley MP, Suzanne Allott and Cllr David Levene At the Swap With Me event at First York are Tracy Dearing, Will Pearson, Diane Roworth, Hugh Bayley MP, Suzanne Allott and Cllr David Levene

STAFF from a York bus company have experienced blindness this weekend, to help them understand the needs of the visually impaired.

The First workers, including drivers, took part in the event at the James Street depot on Saturday with the Royal National Institute of Blind People's bus campaign, which calls on operators to 'Stop For Me, Speak To Me'.

The volunteers took part in blindfolded tasks including boarding a bus and paying for a ticket, to find out the experiences of their blind and partially-sighted customers.

Tracy Dearing from the RNIB, said: "Catching a bus should not be a sight test. Local bus travel is a lifeline, providing an important means of transport within the community 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 often take for granted, are often avoidable."

The campaign was also supported by York Outer MP Hugh Bayley, who said: "Most of us can only imagine how difficult it is for blind and partially sighted people to board a bus, pay for a ticket and get off at the correct destination.

โ€œI am glad drivers from First York have accepted the challenge. It will alert them to some of the many difficulties that blind and partially sighted people face when travelling by bus and it should help improve services in the future.โ€

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10:40am Mon 28 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

Explains why they randomly go past stops without even looking. They 're more arrogant and lazy even that the posties.
Explains why they randomly go past stops without even looking. They 're more arrogant and lazy even that the posties. andy fowler
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11:20am Mon 28 Apr 14

The OX says...

Maybe they should try it as a able body passengers too, that will help them too ๐Ÿ˜
Maybe they should try it as a able body passengers too, that will help them too ๐Ÿ˜ The OX
  • Score: -29

12:37pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MorkofYork says...

Is this supposed to take the edge off their deliberate congestion causing campaign ?
Is this supposed to take the edge off their deliberate congestion causing campaign ? MorkofYork
  • Score: -43

1:05pm Mon 28 Apr 14

PurplePrincess75 says...

Bus drivers should just simply think about their passengers. I am pregnant although not always visibly so, depending on which coat I wear. I do not appreciate being thrown around the bus when I am trying to take a seat!

I always hit the bell to ask the driver to stop so I can get off but one time when I did this the driver accused me of not pressing it when he went sailing past my stop! The 'Bus Stopping' light was lit up!
Bus drivers should just simply think about their passengers. I am pregnant although not always visibly so, depending on which coat I wear. I do not appreciate being thrown around the bus when I am trying to take a seat! I always hit the bell to ask the driver to stop so I can get off but one time when I did this the driver accused me of not pressing it when he went sailing past my stop! The 'Bus Stopping' light was lit up! PurplePrincess75
  • Score: -52

1:46pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MGP1974 says...

I am going to spend a day at work with no watch on so I can appreciate the life of a bus driver!
I am going to spend a day at work with no watch on so I can appreciate the life of a bus driver! MGP1974
  • Score: -34

4:09pm Mon 28 Apr 14

york_chap says...

Why's this news - some of the First drivers in York have been wearing these blindfolds for years. Or at least I assume that's why they regularly drive past red traffic lights, swing their buses into adjacent lanes in front of other traffic and seem oblivious to cyclists? It must be the frustration caused by not being able to see which leads to their gestures and mouthing off expletives at other road users which can be witnessed around York from time to time.

(I did say 'some' as, to be fair, there are also First drivers who actually do a pretty decent job of it; and who shouldn't be tarred with the same brush).
Why's this news - some of the First drivers in York have been wearing these blindfolds for years. Or at least I assume that's why they regularly drive past red traffic lights, swing their buses into adjacent lanes in front of other traffic and seem oblivious to cyclists? It must be the frustration caused by not being able to see which leads to their gestures and mouthing off expletives at other road users which can be witnessed around York from time to time. (I did say 'some' as, to be fair, there are also First drivers who actually do a pretty decent job of it; and who shouldn't be tarred with the same brush). york_chap
  • Score: -27

4:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Idris Gawr says...

What a load of cheap publicity!
There are many disabled people in York, not only partial sighted!
Give a real view of all !
What a load of cheap publicity! There are many disabled people in York, not only partial sighted! Give a real view of all ! Idris Gawr
  • Score: -13

1:06am Tue 29 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

It would seem the score adjuster not only favours this council, but works for First.
Narrowing it down.

Anyway, the photo shows one of their Hybrid double deckers... which have been here for about 2 months now and still have yet to carry a single passenger!
It would seem the score adjuster not only favours this council, but works for First. Narrowing it down. Anyway, the photo shows one of their Hybrid double deckers... which have been here for about 2 months now and still have yet to carry a single passenger! Magicman!
  • Score: 2

8:41am Tue 29 Apr 14

MorkofYork says...

The score adjuster is a anti motorist loon. Dishonest and manipulative, perfectly in line with our council and their friends.

They really do themselves no favors.
The score adjuster is a anti motorist loon. Dishonest and manipulative, perfectly in line with our council and their friends. They really do themselves no favors. MorkofYork
  • Score: -288

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