Should wheelchair users get priority over mums with pushchairs? The question is one that has been debated for as long as buses have been running and at the end of last year the Court of Appeal overturned a County Court decision that they should.
In February of 2012 wheelchair user Doug Polley was refused from a bus because there was already a pram in the disabled space. Fed up with being made late by mums who wouldn’t fold their pushchairs up to let a disabled person use the disabled space Doug took action. He launched a case against First Bus Group and in September of 2013 the judge ruled that the incident breached the 2010 Equality Act.
However, just last month the Court of Appeal overturned this decision and said that First Bus Group did not have to make passengers with buggies move for a wheelchair user. This decision has set a precedent and now no bus service has to make parents leave if a disabled person wants to use the bus. But is this change a good one?