You Cannot Take Scooter on Bus.. Yes you can!…

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  • #75678
    You Cannot Take Scooter on Bus.. Yes you can!…

    Hospy appointment yesterday.

    Obviously buses are such awful crowded, congested things I cannot take my mobility
    scooter on the bus and I am not paying the extortion of cab fares anymore for a ten minute hop.

    Big mistake……!

    I get in early. My rollator feels like a tank after using mobility scooter the last few weeks. Then
    awful woman with a “double barreled” pushchair gets on. I start to move from
    disabled seats but too slow for her. “Move”, “Move”, followed by “get down the bus” at full
    volume. I try to move faster than normal and then muscles “unsynch” happens and I topple.
    painful twisting of knee and ankle with appropriate yelps of pain clears bus immediately.

    New lady bus driver panics! Right we are abandoning route and going direct to hospital
    about turn and heads off at speed. She radios in to head office line on all the TV shows only
    to be told you cannot do that. The insurance only covers the routes! We undo the about turn
    and do the normal route without the stops ending at the hospy anyway.

    Just a few bruises actually but the phone calls afterwards were fun.

    Lady bus driver gets gold star! I am also told there is a way to take mobility scooters on buses.

    First Bus will come and assess me and my mobility scooter. They will then tell me which
    buses and routes I can use the scooter on. They will issue me with a special card! This
    Will alert ask the drivers to the need and they will leap out and pull out the “mobility threshold”
    the platform they pull out to bridge the gap to the pavement.

    Not sure if First Bus are nationwide but other bus companies probably have similar schemes.

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    taungfox
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    #96918
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    I am so sorry to read of your experience yesterday. What a day and one that you should not have had to go through. I truly hope there are more people in this world like lady bus driver :halogreen: than pushy lady with pushchair :bang: .

    Take good care and rest up. Good to hear you CAN take mobility scooters on some buses.

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    #96919
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    That’s bad, im that bad now with my mobility. im using hospital transport. they bring a wheelchair to my door, up the path, into the van and upon arrival at hospital. the driver wheels me to my appointment.
    if I was you mate, id start thinking about doing the same

    stefan

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    #96920
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    I’ll think about that myself! What do you do just call the hospital in advance?

    Shellybear
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    #96921
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    @taungfox wrote:

    Not sure if First Bus are nationwide but other bus companies probably have similar schemes.

    First Bus are the ones who will not ask prams to be shifted to make way for wheelchairs to use the wheelchair space – I remember the debacle with whether the notices were advisory or a recommendation.

    You could not make it up, cannot change route as insurance does not cover it – sounds rather elf n safety my-lark!! Does this mean when there are roadwork/accident diversions they have to inform the insurance company, lol.

    FB will weight on you hand and foot incase you sue them for tripping.

    Thought you had been rather quiet around the cyber world.

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    #96922
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    its a bit of a farce Smelly Shellybear :lol: . but you have to get your hospital to write to your GP and have it placed on your medical records that you require hospital transport due to mobility issues. then you ring your GP 4 days before your hospital appointment and they book it. but beware, if your appointment is on a morning. you could be picked up at 8am.

    stefan

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    #96923
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    @littlestef wrote:

    its a bit of a farce Smelly Shellybear :lol: . but you have to get your hospital to write to your GP and have it placed on your medical records that you require hospital transport due to mobility issues. then you ring your GP 4 days before your hospital appointment and they book it. but beware, if your appointment is on a morning. you could be picked up at 8am.

    Very big Palaver. Only did it once. You get picked up hours before your appointment, then have
    to go on a long route picking up people from all the little villages. Then after you have
    had needles stuck in you and been pinched and prodded and want to get home quick
    they take you on the same route which is then ten times less welcome.

    …… And you are in a vehicle with people with goodness knows what infections and guaranteed
    stupidity.

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    #96924
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    Thanks Sniffy Littlestef :o
    It’s different here, I asked the wheelchair service could I get an Anbulance to my appointment for today & they gave me the Ambulance service telephone number.
    I called & had to answer some qualifying questions, they will contact my GP in due course but booke me in to be picked up.
    I’m waiting at the moment hopefully they will! :?

    ( my siblings used to call me that! ) :neener:

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    #96925
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    Where I live the local council have a scheme called the community car and you’re allowed to use it once a week. They have adapted cars which are driven by volunteers and they will take you to where ever you want to go in your area, hospital, shopping, a day out with friends etc. and its pretty cheap. Check with your local council to see if they have anything like it where you are because they don’t advertise it here much.

    I’m having some troubles of my own with the local bus company. There are two spaces for a wheelchair on a bus and have always allowed two wheelchairs on, however now the bus company have a new policy that only one wheelchair is allowed on the bus at any one time, they have also used that old chestnut ‘we’re not insured’ to take two wheelchairs – ‘well get insured’ is my answer to that! I have been refused on the bus 6 times now, being left 10 miles away from home. It hasn’t been so bad because the weather has been fine but I’m getting concerned that I’ll be left behind in the winter when its freezing out. I have wrote to my local MP about it recently, hopefully I will hear back.

    As for pushchairs, its the same on our buses, they all pile into the disabled spaces and have the attitude that its a space for them to park their pushchairs. I have always been under the impression that pushchairs are supposed to be folded up as policy?? I could be wrong!

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    #96926
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    Hi! All went well with the Ambulance lift etc.. a great service I will use again!

    Shellybear
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    #96927
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    Oops! Forgot to say they only pick up one wheelchair person at a time do had the whole thing to myself! ; )

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    #96928
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    Unfortunately Mr Fox you will not be allowed to take your mobility scooter or any similar mobility scooter on a bus (by law) & remain on it as they’re not crash tested. At least most aren’t, as far as I know. Most power chairs are. If the driver assists you to take it on the bus & store it, that’s at your own risk & not the bus companies.

    I’ve been to see the local bus company & they were incredibly helpful but, there’s a limit to what they can do. To make matters worse, you can get all the certificates you want & they are still not obliged to ask or make other passengers i.e. parents with buggies etc. move to make way for you in the allocated wheelchair space, if it’s already occupied. This has been tested in the courts & the judge decided that common courtesy must prevail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-30376446.

    And in my experience, some parents are just not polite & believe the transport for their little darlings takes precedence over your medically qualified mobility needs. Parents can wait for additional buses or use taxis, we are less likely to be able to do so. And this is the reason I am bound by the range of my chariot as I don’t wish to have a confrontation over a space on a bus.

    I have met some really helpful bus drivers but, they’re hands are tied. If they’ll heave your scooter onto the bus, wonderful but, you will not be allowed to remain in it whilst the bus is moving & if the space is occupied, the driver is not obliged to ask or force the passenger to remove the offending article.

    The badge or certificate you’re trying to claim won’t normally be given to a scooter. They need to measure if it will fit in the allocated space. It will fit width ways but, not length ways. Not a normal one at least. I note yours is one of the more portable ones, you may be lucky but, you won’t or shouldn’t be allowed to remain in it whilst the bus is moving as it’s not crash tested.

    And the idea of them seeing you with your mobility aid/transport is also to determine if you can get into the allocated space of your own accord. Again, by law, they’re not meant to help you into the space in case of injury to themselves, your mobility equipment, injury to you, other passengers etc., etc. At least, that’s the way it is with power chairs & chair users.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Just sharing the knowledge & sincerely hope you have a considerate bus company & drivers amigo ;-).

    I’ve argued with passengers myself before when trying to get to out of town hospital appointments, who have in turn been spoken to by other passengers (that share my view) & they’ve just refused steadfast to remove their buggy, these ridiculously over-sized modern three wheel contraptions. I don’t care for people that lack manners & struggle to turn the other cheek at such ignorance but, it embarrasses my Wife if I argue publicly. So, I don’t even bother with public transport anymore.

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    #96929
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    Hi, I had a hospital appointment, and the bus company said the same thing, so I decided to use hospital transport. Big mistake, on the outskirts of London when my wheelchair tipped up and I was lying on the floor. Make sure that they strap you down securely. so I am not looking forward to my next appointment. is there any other way of getting to the hospital. Can any one help me on this one.

    :)

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