Bus Drivers take the place of people with a disability

Bus Drivers take the place of people with a disability

 

Bus drivers have come face to face with problems experienced by people with a disability.

They took the place of these people during a disability awareness day at Abellio London’s Twickenham depot.

Abellio drivers were fully involved with the activities of the day which included giving them the opportunity to board a bus on a wheelchair which was a valuable experience for them.

Drivers were also blindfolded and assisted by members of Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Said one bus driver:  “The five minutes I have spent with Guide Dogs for the Blind was better than an hour in a training school.”

Members of groups who attended, including Richmond Mencap, Hounslow Speak Out, Kingston LD Parliament and Guide Dogs for the Blind, were equally as sympathetic.

“Now we realise what a difficult job the driver has,” said one member.

Members of the LD group explained to drivers the difficulties they face when travelling on public transport.