Partial Victory For Doug Paulley In ‘Wheelchair V Buggy’ Case

Same Difference

A disabled man has won a Supreme Court case after a dispute with a woman with a buggy over wheelchair space on a bus.

It means bus drivers may have to do more to accommodate wheelchair users.

Wheelchair user Doug Paulley brought his case after he was told he could not get on a bus to Leeds in 2012, when a mother with a pushchair refused to move.

He had argued operator FirstGroup’s “requesting, not requiring” policy was discriminatory.

The court allowed the appeal, but to a limited extent.

It ruled that FirstGroup’s policy of requiring a driver to simply request a non-wheelchair user to vacate the space without taking any further steps was unjustified.

The company should consider some further steps to pressurise the non-wheelchair user to vacate the space, depending on the circumstances, it said.

BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said the judgement falls short of making…

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