In our SIA Merseyside monthly meeting we discussed the recent supreme court case involving Doug Paulley who attempted to board a First Group bus from Wetherby to Leeds in February 2012. However, the wheelchair space was being used by a mother with a pushchair and a sleeping child who refused to vacate the area.
Disability rights campaigners have hailed a ruling by the supreme court that bus drivers must now try to persuade other passengers to make room for wheelchair users.
In our discussion many points were raised, such as it now seems this policy is to be policed by the individual bus driver and is this fair? Are the drivers receiving adequate training on how to deal with a situation like the one Doug Paulley found himself in? The general consensus of our group is that it still seems there may be some work to do before it is clarified whose responsibility it is.
As a result we decided we'd like to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience. Have you ever experienced this on a Merseyside bus service? How was the situation dealt with? Once we have some individual cases available we are considring using that information to try and support/train the local bus services on how best to deal with situation in the future.
Please get in touch via the SIA Merseyside Facebook page or leave a comment below if you have any information you would like to share. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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