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London Mobility Protesters Set To Travel To The Bus Day of Action
Disability Rights Charity, Transport for All, Supports New Westminster Protest to Mark the 2nd Anniversary of Doug Paulley's Victory in the Supreme Court in Support of Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Access on London Buses.
The Bus Day of Action. (Public Protest).
Calling for legislation and to mark the 2nd anniversary of Doug Paulley's victory in the Supreme Court in support of wheelchair and mobility scooter access on London buses.
Key Speakers: Alan Benson, Chair, Transport for All, Doug Paulley, Disability Campaigner.
When: Friday 18th January 2019.
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Where: Outside the Department for Transport Building. Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, Westminster, London SW1P 4DR.
All members and non-members are welcome to join in the protest.
On the 18th January 2017, The Supreme Court ruling made it clear that bus drivers must do more to enforce priority for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, by requiring non-wheelchair users to make room for them in the bus's designated wheelchair space.
Alan Benson, Chair, Transport for All, said of the victory, "Not moving out of the wheelchair space is now anti-social behaviour, and that changes the whole approach to the way that disabled people can not only travel but participate in society."
Doug Paulley, Disability Campaigner said. "There's always going to be exceptional circumstances where somebody else might need that space. As there is with seats, for example and we've got to recognise that. But this is talking about more day to day expectation, that and barring something really exceptional, the driver must encourage people to move. And also it's about the bus company training drivers, there's that in the judgement.
There's a bit about changing culture such as it would be everybody knows where they are and makes it more likely to comply. There's all sorts of positive bits in the judgement that could make it, and hopefully will make it, easier for disabled people to travel on buses."
Alan Benson, Chair, Transport for All and Doug Paulley, Disability Campaigner will be available for interviews at the protest. Please call Juliet Edwards, Communications Officer to arrange.
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