Bus Company Forced To Act After Campaigner’s Wheelchair Space Victory

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

 

A disabled campaigner has secured an “important victory” that has forced a transport company to bring in new measures to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to use buses.

Wheelchair-user Nina Grant, from north London, began legal action against Arriva after repeatedly being left on the pavement by drivers who made no attempt to ask parents to move their buggies so she could board the bus and use the wheelchair space they were blocking.

This was a breach of principles established in a legal action taken by fellow disabled activist Doug Paulley, which resulted in a ground-breaking Supreme Court victory in January 2017.

That case established that bus companies operating a “first come first served” policy on the use of their wheelchair spaces were acting unlawfully.

 

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