Readers comments

John Ashmore responds to our recent article on the Supreme Court ruling in the Doug Paulley wheelchair access case

I don’t agree with Claire’s comments regarding the Supreme Court case; Rather than having to decide whose needs are greatest, what is actually needed are better-designed buses that can accommodate the needs of the people who use them. The whole of the British bus industry fleet was redesigned some years ago to accommodate DDA legislation, so flat floors, no step access, gangway widths, wheelchair space, etc. was factored into every new bus.  Disability access was the key driver to this expensive change, and disability mobility should have been 100% prioritised and legally upheld straight away.  Buses are already designed properly for the mass movement of people, and if they were redesigned again, who is going to police the system, nobody.  It would be exactly the same as it is now, wishy washy rules, with no accountability.

Response from Claire Walters:

If buses were better designed nobody would have to police who has access to seating. Society is constantly changing and buses have to be able to meet the needs of the people who use them otherwise they’re simply not fit-for-purpose. 

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