Apr 10, 2015

    Another way to help the blind on buses

    I REFER to Lydia Lam's article "Smoother ride for people with guide dogs now" (My Paper, April 8).

    Lim Lee Lee was quoted as suggesting that there should be "announcements on buses to indicate the next bus stop, much like existing train announcements".

    While I agree that the announcement will be helpful to people like her, it may aggravate the current noise pollution.

    As it is, the noise level in buses is already quite high, with passengers talking loudly (to one another or on the phone), listening to songs or watching videos without using earphones. To make the announcement audible, it has to be loud. This will make the bus journey more unpleasant for everyone.

    Instead of making the announcement for every bus stop throughout the journey, it should be made only for certain stops.

    Perhaps those with vision problems could tell the bus driver their destination. The driver could then keep them informed when they approach the destination. The process can be automated by having a system which allows the bus driver to key in the destination. An automated announcement can then be made at the right time.

    The current device on board SMRT buses which displays information on bus stops could be modified to make the announcement. In the case of SBS Transit, perhaps the ez-link card reader could be used.