Police could be called as a last resort to move parents who refuse to fold away pushchairs to make room for wheelchair users on buses.
Peter Shipp, chairman and chief executive of EYMS, says the firm faces prosecution under disability laws if drivers fail to give reasonable assistance to a wheelchair user to board a bus.Because drivers have no power to force a passenger to move. So they can only ask, and that is deemed by
Mr Shipp says he intends to clarify the firm's position, including possibly changing the firm's conditions of carriage, following rhetoric from a Leeds-based law firm threatening action against companies who fail to ensure places are available for wheelchair users.Lovely! That'll help the perception of the disabled, won't it?
He said: "This is a difficult one for us.
We are sympathetic to both parents who struggle with pushchairs and wheelchair users.
"We have to rely on the co-operation of passengers."And if manners and regard for others still held sway, that'd be no problem.
But he's up against two entitled groups here, both the disabled and ... mothers. Particularly a certain type of 'the world owes me a living because I've reproduced' mother:
Mr Shipp's comments have angered some who insist they need space for pushchairs.
Emma Smith, 18, of Southcoates Lane, east Hull, who was waiting for a bus in Holderness Road, yesterday lunchtime, said: "I think it's disgusting. Mums need to use the buses as much as disabled people.
"I have been asked to get off a bus before so a disabled person can get on. It's wrong."Is it? You chose to need that pushchair. The person in the wheelchair didn't.