It’s The Battle Of The Entitlements!

Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on vehicles, senior judges ruled.

First Bus appealed against a court ruling, won by a disabled man from West Yorkshire, that the firm’s wheelchair policy was discriminatory.

Oh, dear! This doesn’t bode well – disability lobby losing out to chavmum lobby!

Mr Paulley attempted to board the bus in Wetherby to visit his parents in Leeds in February 2012.

But he was told to wait for another when the woman with the pushchair refused to move because her baby was asleep.

First’s policy was one of “requesting but not requiring” non-disabled travellers, including those with babies and pushchairs, to vacate space needed by a wheelchair user.

A judge at Leeds County Court had said in September that was in breach of the Equality Act 2010.

Mr Paulley was awarded £5,500 damages.

I wonder if he’ll now have to pay it back?

Update: WoaR points out the limitations that the bus companies are up against.

13 comments for “It’s The Battle Of The Entitlements!

  1. DICK R
    December 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

    All this PC nonsense has reduced society to a gang of squabbling snarling sulking groups of rights seekers from sodomists, cripples, blacks ,feminazis, muslims,the blind, the deaf, the stupid ,the illiterate,the insane is ANYBODY out there FUCKING NORMAL???????

    • December 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Yeah. We’re the mugs paying for this lot!

  2. December 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

    That’s the trouble with these Laws, when they are as badly drafted as the Disability one obviously is. I mean, when the damn thing was going through Parliament, and every comma and colon were being scrutinised to make certain that every word counted, couldn’t these oh-so-clever politicians and ‘Spads’ build in a clause which specifically told stroppy mothers with sleeping babies that they had to move because some wheel-chair-bound bloke wanted to say ‘Hello Mum, I’ve brought my washing across’?

    ‘Lives in Wetherby’ Obvious that the first people to have been called was the Border agency, as there is no sign that he was asked to produce his passport, travelling, as he was, across the barbed wire strung on the mined borders between Leeds and everywhere else.

    • DICK R
      December 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Give them time!!!!

  3. Kath Gillon
    December 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I have to say I can see both sides.
    I often Travel on the bus and the local pushchair contingent (usually the people of colour) take up the entire wheelchair bay area with not only their pushchairs but their very large frames. Funnily enough the white chav girls will always move for the wheelchairs, not so the people of colour.
    However, my daughter arrived yesterday on a train from St Pancaras she had to stand in a small area by the loo the entire journey, because a wheelchair user would NOT share the wheelchair bay with my daughters pushchair. My daughter paid the same for her ticket as the wheelchair user, because of the modern designs of the trains she could not get in a carriage with the pushchair, the baby is 6 months old she was travelling alone with luggage and could not fold the buggy. Some snot nosed wheelchair user denied my daughter a seat just because he didn’t want to sit near my grandson, in my book “WHAT AN ARSE”
    When my babies were small you were expected to fold your pushchair on a bus that was the norm, you were not allowed to get on the bus with the pushchair up it was considered inconsiderate.
    These days everyone is SO bloody selfish it’s all me me me and that is a lot of what is wrong with society.

    • Brighside Bob
      December 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

      “Funnily enough the white chav girls will always move for the wheelchairs” That’s because they still (mercifully) retain a hardwired memory of their respectable working class forebears.

      Remember the regular routine of our ‘grannies’ cleaning the front step, etc? Left to their own devices, people didn’t need to be ‘ordered’ to be decent,thoughtful citizens.

      The problem since then is that politico’s have (& continue) to legislate for everything. The result is that ‘we’ now only obey orders. You don’t give up your seat voluntarily, you only give it up if ordered to. Not ordered to? you don’t have to then.

      As an ironic aside: I know of someone who needs to use a small electric wheelchair to get about (not one of the larger electric buggies). They boardered a modern single decker bus that had a good sized space allocated. The trouble is, there was a vertical handrail in the middle of it. This made making use of said space extremely difficult. It reminded me of the small local shops that now have to have a ramp. The ramps are invariably about 2ft long with a gradient that would defeat a latter day Chris Bonnington. 🙄

      • Kath Gillon
        December 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        You are of course exactly right in what you say, orders is orders but manners is breading 😉
        On the ramp issue also spot on you see it all the time.
        The other one I always find mildly amusing is automatic doors meant for wheelchair access that are actually too narrow for wheelchair access.

  4. Hereward unbowed.
    December 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Be afraid, be very afraid because the liberal loonies have so ****ed up, it’s hard to know which way is ‘up’ anymore. I scratch my head and think – how did it ever get to this – the UK a third world sh**hole of PC lunacy but in saying that – this is the reality. BUT it has been coming down the line for the last 50 years [since, Wilson, Jenkins and Heath’s time], and it started in Oxbridge back in the Thirties and with some help from the Ivy league and civil rights movement of Sixties America.

    PC paradoxies.

    Student union and the SWP apparatchiks – defending the Muslim students ‘rights’ to allow frothing at the mouth nutters aka Wahhabist scholars to appear on campus to peddle their particular brand of anti western societal filth [kill the Jews, the kuffar, the apostate and the homosexuals] , and in segregated galleries. Prioritize that then!

    A minorities’ right to rights above another minority – Seesh it doesn’t get any stupider than that.

    But that’s how the country is ‘run’. Which is, a clusterf*** of competing entitlement beggars – read minorities and gold diggers. The UK, these days of PC madness……..and the ECHR is the Leviathan in the room everyone tiptoes around but its name is never, never uttered – it enshrines the Frankfurt School precepts which are better known in the UK, as POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

    How the Frankfurt School facilitators must and surely do laugh in screeching bellowing belly laughs! Ah ha……. but the end game is in play and it is a very final game, the last match in the series actually and it’s [Britain] all to play for.
    A tussle between the forces of darkness Isis4UK comes to London and the Ummah, versus death and destruction through by de-industrialization and the green4UK agenda taking the UK back to the mediaeval.
    Either way for all of us, it will be a return to the dark ages, and that is where the sensible money is going – one way or another Dhimmitude beckons us all. Plus, first they’ll bring out the cranes for the public hangings – Labour-Tory-libdum politicians, Ken Livingstone and council leaders first before they come for you and me.

  5. Old Geezer
    December 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

    These laws are written by lawyers, for lawyers. They make a fortune every time they appear in court, so the more appeals the better for them.

    • December 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Very true, very true…

  6. DICK R
    December 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Things might improve if manufacturers stopped producing push chairs build like mark II Challenger tanks!

  7. December 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    “Parents with buggies”? Parents? Is that both parent A and parent B or just Parent A?

  8. DICK R
    December 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    It is non PC to say MOTHERS .

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