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Blind Persons

Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will exclude blind persons from fares increases in view of the dependence of blind persons on public transport.

Local authorities generally have powers to arrange for free or concessionary travel for blind people, and the great majority of blind people live in areas where such arrangements obtain. Some bus operators themselves also provide concessions to blind people.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will halt the tendency to replace compulsory by request bus stops having regard to the difficulties caused to blind persons.

My right hon. Friend has no power to act in this matter. However, he has every sympathy with the needs of blind people and would urge bus operators to have proper regard to them.