Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on vehicles, senior judges ruled.
First Bus appealed against a court ruling, won by a disabled man from West Yorkshire, that the firm’s wheelchair policy was discriminatory.
Oh, dear! This doesn’t bode well – disability lobby losing out to chavmum lobby!
Mr Paulley attempted to board the bus in Wetherby to visit his parents in Leeds in February 2012.
But he was told to wait for another when the woman with the pushchair refused to move because her baby was asleep.
First’s policy was one of “requesting but not requiring” non-disabled travellers, including those with babies and pushchairs, to vacate space needed by a wheelchair user.
A judge at Leeds County Court had said in September that was in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
Mr Paulley was awarded £5,500 damages.
I wonder if he’ll now have to pay it back?
Update: WoaR points out the limitations that the bus companies are up against.