Persons with disabilities and their families have already so much to contend with, that discrimination by bus drivers is adding to their problems.
Not only should the transport authority, TfL in this instance be fined, but also actions should be taken against the respected bus drivers, then and only then will they take their responsibilities on-board.
Training is one aspect, but if the drivers think they will get away with it then some will, it should also go on their employment record.
There is already insufficient space on many forms of transport, as some only have one wheelchair space, when there should be at least 2 or more.
A woman says she was left feeling “ridiculed and belittled” by a bus driver who refused to let her young disabled daughter board.
Mother-of-five Tameika Pieternella often travels by bus in Abbey Wood, south-east London, with two-year-old D’Naiyah, who has brain damage.
She says the driver would not get out a ramp for her daughter’s buggy-style wheelchair, while another simply drove off, leaving them at the bus stop.
Transport for London has apologised.
Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of bus operations, said: “We are very sorry that Ms Pieternella and her daughter have experienced this.
“We would like to reassure her that making travel easier for Londoners with reduced mobility is one of our top priorities. We have one of the most accessible bus networks in the world and all bus routes are served by low-floor vehicles with an access ramp and dedicated space for wheelchair users.
“Bus drivers have received…
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