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  • "Im registered disabled and i have a very small child that needs a pushchair. I think the signs should be changed to allow either on a first come first serve basis. All of you that are slatting mums with pushchairs are making out that we are all young
    Mums on benefits. I am not a young
    Mum nor am i on benefits. I dont see why you should slate
    People with pushchairs and call them
    Lazy and say they should get off and walk. If the person in the wheelchair is able to get to a bus stop then they are able to use a path like anyone else. If the disabled person is that bad that they cant do anything for them selfs then they would have a carer with them that can push them on the path or wait for the next bus. Also people that are badly disabled as he seem to be saying would be able to swop some of there benefits for a car which can be driven by a third party for them. There are
    Also mini buses that pick up and drop off disabled people to places they need to go. I cant walk far and i am i constant pain with a very bad neurological illness I do have a car but sometimes cant drive so need to use the bus with a child in a pushchair. I would not expect a mother and child or another disabled person to get off the bus for me as i feel they have just as much right as me. Maybe the bus companies should
    Make more buses with lift up seats so they can cater for more
    Mums with pushchairs and disabled people. The issue here is that the buses in certain areas do not meet the needs of that area. But from what i see going past my house everyday are plenty of busses so you wouldn't have to wait long for another bus. Maybe in the future the bus drivers should radio the next bus along to advise a disabled passenger is waiting so they can find out how long they have to wait."
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‘Bus ban’ wheelchair user continues fight

thisisoxfordshire: Robert Light with a  copy of some of his court correspondence Robert Light with a copy of some of his court correspondence

A WHEELCHAIR user who tried to sue Stagecoach Oxford for discriminating against him is appealing against a judge who threw his case out.

Robert Light, 71, was told his lawsuit was thrown out because the judge didn’t receive a written statement in the post.

But he says he has a receipt of delivery signed by the court.

In January last year, Mr Light, whose ankle was removed because of severe arthritis, tried to catch a number 10 bus from Horspath to Cowley centre.

The driver told him he could not get on board because there were already two pushchairs and a shopping trolley on board.

He complained to Stagecoach the next day, and received a letter of apology two weeks later, saying the driver had been reprimanded.

But he says a slap on the wrist was not good enough.

Mr Light, a retired referee and hospital porter, said: “I have come up against so much discrimination it doesn’t surprise me any more, but it still upsets me.

“They shouldn’t be discriminating against people in wheelchairs, but the only people who can do something about it are the courts – I’m nobody.

“Unless they get a bash on the head they probably won’t do anything about it, just brush it under the carpet.”

He started proceedings against the bus company last year, and the case was heard at Oxfordshire County Court on February 13 this year.

Meanwhile, Mr Light, who lives in Yarnton, said he was subject to discrimination by the company’s drivers three more times.

He submitted his evidence to the judge, written out for the case, but the judge said he could not read Mr Light’s handwriting.

He told Mr Light to send him typed notes by March 7, so he posted them, but heard nothing.

When he phoned the court some weeks later he found out the case had been heard in his absence and thrown out.

He contacted the post office, who gave him a receipt which appears to be signed by someone at the court.

Mr Light said: “I just think it’s disgusting.

“I agree with the judge, if he doesn’t get what he asked for, he should throw it out, but he did get it, or at least the court did.”

Oxfordshire County Court Service refused to say whether a member of staff had signed for the parcel.

A court spokesman said: “If Mr Light has asked for leave to appeal, then the papers will be put before a designated civil judge for consideration. If he gets leave he will have a hearing.”

A Stagecoach spokesman said: “We welcome passengers with wheelchairs on board our services.

“There is clear signage on our buses to indicate that customers must vacate the wheelchair space immediately, should it be required by a wheelchair user.

“Our drivers are also fully aware of the regulations around this and are expected to ensure that they are adhered to.”

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