Post by Deleted on Apr 5, 2017 11:19:14 GMT
It's happened to me. I was waiting at a bus stop, the driver of a bus saw me as he approached the bus stop, waved me back from the step and drove straight past.
The wheelchair space was empty and there was nobody standing on the bus.
A lady on the bus was not happy about the driver's conduct and she complained. CCTV on the bus showed that the wheelchair space was free.
Another occasion: I was in my electric wheelchair at the starting stop of the bus. There was nobody on the bus apart from the driver. He refused to lift out the ramp because he said he hadn't been trained in how to use it. But it is a straightforward ramp with straightforward operation; it just folds out.
Another passenger operated the ramp. If the passenger had not done so I would not have been able to get on the bus, because the driver refused to operate the ramp to let me on board.
There was a case in the news recently. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-38795688 . A person with a buggy was in the wheelchair space but when she saw a wheelchair user wishing to board she moved her buggy into the separate buggy space. But even though the wheelchair space was fully unoccupied and the buggy was in its proper place, not causing any obstruction, the driver still refused to allow the wheelchair user to get on board. The driver still refused even after the driver's boss repeatedly told both him and the wheelchair user that the driver must let her on board.
So whilst you may not believe that a minority of drivers is prepared to act in such a fashion, sadly they are. I find it hard to believe that a minority of bus drivers are racist, but they are, even though racism is an anathema to me and I find it incredible that anybody could be racist.
You might not be one of the drivers who can't be bothered to allow a wheelchair user on board, and you might not know any, but they do exist. If they didn't exist, then why was the law created obliging the driver to allow wheelchair users in board? And why was it reaffirmed as a law following a consultation last year?