Sound for electric buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Reference: 
2019/14192
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

TfL has been testing futuristic sounds for electric buses to alert those with visual impairments that the vehicle is approaching.  I understand that these have raised concern with disability campaign groups.  What work is being done to ensure that an appropriate noise is developed for electric buses?

Answer

Sound for electric buses

Sound for electric buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is at an early stage of developing an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System sound for quiet-running buses in London, but has already engaged extensively with stakeholders including accessibility groups, road users, passengers and its bus operators. Most of these groups sent representatives to give feedback at an initial series of workshops on conceptual sounds, and the same groups will be asked back to comment on the suitability and effectiveness of options once these have been refined further.