Buses win Wheelchair Ruling
10 Dec 2014
First Bus have won a ruling at the Court of Appeal which means they are not obliged to ask people who are sat in a disabled area to move if a wheelchair user requires the space.
Lord Justice Underhill said: “It has to be accepted that our conclusion and reasoning in this case means that wheelchair users will occasionally be prevented by other passengers from using the wheelchair space on the bus.
“I do not, however, believe that the fact that some passengers will – albeit rarely – act selfishly and irresponsibly is a sufficient reason for imposing on bus companies a legal responsibility for a situation which is not of their making and which they are not in a position to prevent.”
Lady Justice Arden she did not underestimate the difficulties of travel for wheelchair users “or their frustration at the pace of change”.
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