Electric cars 'should emit sound'

Electric cars 'should emit sound'

Devices which generate sound should be fitted to electric and hybrid vehicles to ensure visually impaired pedestrians are aware of their presence, a politician has said.

The Government must make sure such vehicles are safe for everyone, MP Mary Glindon said during a debate in Westminster Hall, London.

The idea is said to be supported by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. It agrees that manufacturers should fit sound devices to all ultra-low emission vehicles as a central safety feature.

Ms Glindon said: "The Government has pledged £800 million in subsidies for the ultra-low emissions market, so the number of these cars on our roads will increase rapidly.

"If the Government is paying to promote these vehicles, they should first make sure that they are safe for everyone. We need to send a message that sound generators are vital for the safety of all road users, including those who are visually impaired."

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