Disability 'discrimination' case gets under way against Arriva

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A GROUP of disabled people have launched a court case against a bus company they claim has discriminated against them.

Darlington Association on Disability (Dad) is suing Arriva North-East, following allegations its drivers were not stopping for passengers with wheelchairs.

The case, which is being heard at Teesside County Court, in Middlesbrough, started on Monday (December 3) and is expected to last two weeks.

It is also alleged that wheelchair users were refused access to some buses where there was already a pushchair onboard.

Sheffield legal firm, Unity Law, which specialises in disability discrimination, is handling the case on behalf of Dad.

A spokeswoman for Arriva said it was not appropriate to comment on the case while it was being heard.

The case continues.

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7:32pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Idontknowaboutyoubut says...

I actually witnessed a wheelchair user,being denied access to a Middlesbrough bound Arriva bus,because there were push chairs on the bus.The buggies were of the kind that are easily collapsed,and there was a number of comments from passengers to that effect.The driver wasnt inclined to ask the mothers to do that,and the would be passenger was left at the stop.It is symptomatic of our selfish times I'm afraid,but drivers should be more assertive in these matters.Perhaps a judgement against the company will produce a company policy on consideration to disabled and elderly passengers.
I actually witnessed a wheelchair user,being denied access to a Middlesbrough bound Arriva bus,because there were push chairs on the bus.The buggies were of the kind that are easily collapsed,and there was a number of comments from passengers to that effect.The driver wasnt inclined to ask the mothers to do that,and the would be passenger was left at the stop.It is symptomatic of our selfish times I'm afraid,but drivers should be more assertive in these matters.Perhaps a judgement against the company will produce a company policy on consideration to disabled and elderly passengers. Idontknowaboutyoubut
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