The average wheelchair user is understandably anxious as they wait at a bus stop. On a typical bus there’s only one space for a wheelchair, and until now that space might well be taken by a parent with their buggy. With bus companies adopting a ‘first come, first served’ philosophy, the wheelchair user is reliant on the parent to make way and fold up their buggy to allow them to board.
The issue is being brought in front of the Supreme Court by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who make the argument that bus companies should have a duty to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs, and that drivers should have the authority to enforce the passengers’ right to travel.
Full details of the case are in this Guardian story: Bus companies must give wheelchair users priority, human rights group says