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Thread #156267 Message #3683495
Posted By: GUEST,Rahere
08-Dec-14 - 06:33 AM
Thread Name: BS: Disability legislation
Subject: BS: Disability legislation
Some good time ago, back when our Chair used to have to chain her wheelchair to buses to get fair play on public transport, I was volunteer accountant for the Greenwich Association of the Disabled. We firstly set up the GadAbout minibus service, which worked and inspired the Dial-a-Ride service. That also worked, and started to embarrass London Transport, as we were doing what they should have been doing, providing public transport for the disabled at the same fare they would pay if they were not. The only difference was that we needed 24 hours notice.
My time with them came to an end when it was agreed that LT would do the same job from their basis. However, they then started letting pushchairs into the spaces when wheelchairs weren't there. Pushchairs, I would remind you, fold. Wheelchairs don't. Babies and young children can sit on laps, and don't pay fares. Wheelchair users don't, and do. And yet we had some little cow take this apart, because she had no heart.
That is how the English Establishment works. Now, where's my chain, there are buses to be stopped.