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  • #74645
    Bus problems…

    C4 News last night had a report on how a group of people with disabilities in the North East are taking their local bus company to court for (basically) failing to provide adequate access…

    http://www.channel4.com/news/arriva-faces-court-action-over-disability

    petered
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    #87023
    Re: Bus problems…

    Good on em, hope they win

    Vicki
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    #87024
    Re: Bus problems…

    Brilliant. It can be done – Lothian Buses is proof of that.

    What about second breakfast?

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    kissofdarkness
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    #87022
    Re: Bus problems…

    I was one of those awkward drivers who just turned off the engine if someone wouldn’t comply. I only spoke to the passengers when it was absolutely necessary, the regulars all knew this. If i was asking a passenger to move it was for a very good reason.

    Alot of people are shocked at what they perceive to be bus driver rudeness, but experience taught me that the best way to avoid trouble, was to avoid opening my mouth. I would however open in the following circumstances:

    A child sitting in the luggage space.
    A passenger blocking my view of the nearside mirror.
    (They want to crush on the bus like sardines, right up to the windscreen)
    Not vacating the disabled space for disabled or very elderly passengers.
    Opening the emergency exit.
    (You were off for that, no second chance. Police would be called if necessary)

    Kids playing with the bell. (I would start missing stops until they stopped!)

    Turning off the engine and pulling out my newspaper worked wonders in many situations, there was no need to say anything.

    The few seconds that follow the dreaded turning off of the engine is hilarious. In the first second there is the collective groan, this is swiftly followed by whispered “whats going on? “Have we broken down?” “The drivers not going to move, oh no, he’s getting his paper out.”

    Within the first minute, the first few footsteps are heard, the evacuation of the bus has begun. Some passengers ask what’s happening, but the more experienced with not far to go just get off in silence, maybe muttering a few choice words in my direction.

    Very often the remaining passengers put the frightners on the offender and he either gets off or stops doing what he’s doing wrong! The most precious times are when some schemie hardman makes the hapless offender apologise to the other passengers and me. These priceless gifts are to be treasured forever, the gracious spectacle known to me as “the humbling of the shellsuited gadgie.”

    I can’t remember what i was mean to be commenting on, so i’ll end my diatribe here.

    All the best
    Ranald

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    #87021
    Re: Bus problems…

    Nice one, ranald, I wish we’d had you as a bus driver round here!

    I’ve been refused entrance to buses more times than I can remember, because of issues over the wheelchair space being full and the driver refusing to clear it, ramps being “broken”, and/or drivers who basically can’t be bothered.

    The strangest bus access incident I was ever part of was on one occasion when I was safely on the bus and in the wheelchair space when another wheelchair user tried to get on. The driver told him the space was full, and the bloke in the wheelchair then parked himself directly in front of the bus so it couldn’t move. Complete stand-off and utter traffic chaos. Passengers started getting very annoyed, and it all looked like getting nasty. Some passengers got off, and one went to try to remonstrate with the bloke in the wheelchair.

    I decided to make a diplomatic move (I also wanted to get home, and it wasn’t really too far to roll myself) and was about to get off the bus, freeing up the wheelchair space. But then the passenger who’d been talking with the bloke in the wheelchair came and explained to the driver that this bloke was able to fold his wheelchair and transfer to a normal seat. The bloke just hadn’t explained that to the driver. So that’s what happened. Probably not very safe, but it sorted out the problem at the time. [Actually the other wheelchair bloke had already acquired a local reputation as a bit of a stroppy baxtard, but that’s another story.]

    The whole thing seemed very surreal.

    petered
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    #87025
    Re: Bus problems…

    I am pleased to report my bus problems have got significantly better over the past couple of years.

    Last month I was motivated to phone our bus company and thank them for how well their services
    and drivers were appreciated by disabled people. The precursor to this was a fatality of a disabled man and
    rash of falls. The improvements have been amazing with virtaully every stop having a raised kerb and
    the drivers making big efforts to pull up exactly on those kerbs and not to pull away till their more vulnerable
    passengers have actually sat down. My four wheeled rollator journeys were a nightmare now they seem to
    work very well.

    I will be completely happy if someone can get the teenage mothers with pushchairs the size of a land rover
    to stop looking at me as if I am something they have just scraped off their shoe.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #87026
    Re: Bus problems…

    @taungfox wrote:

    I will be completely happy if someone can get the teenage mothers with pushchairs the size of a land rover
    to stop looking at me as if I am something they have just scraped off their shoe.

    Don’t they just!

    Bravo on your bus improvements :)

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