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Pushchairs on buses

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Posted on Thursday, 16 December, 2004 - 11:31 am:   

With ten days to go before Christmas I tried to get my shopping and baby and pushchair onto the 75 bus at Lewisham Centre on Wednesday at 3:15 pm. The bus was half empty, however there was another pushchair already on the bus. When I tried to get on the bus driver ordered me off saying he already had a pushchair on the bus. The passengers on the bus called out to me and said that there was plenty of room for me to get on.

With that the bus driver screamed (yes, screamed at me) that the passengers weren't "driving this bus!" and ordered me off.

I then got on a 185, which also was half empty, but had a pushchair already on it. However, I was allowed on the 185.

When I called up to complain I was told that bus drivers can decide to only let one pushchair on their bus if they like.

Has anyone else had trouble getting on half empty buses, not during rush hour with a baby, shopping and pushchair?! I am glad to see that the south London bus drivers are full of Christmas spirit.
cllr David Whiting
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Posted on Thursday, 16 December, 2004 - 12:09 pm:   

I'll take this up with through the transport liaison committee.
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Posted on Thursday, 16 December, 2004 - 12:17 pm:   

thank you. How do I get in touch with the laison committee?
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Posted on Thursday, 16 December, 2004 - 12:57 pm:   

Ask the driver for his identification then say you will fold your pushchair when you have got on. Then don't. If he refuses to move, sit it out as popular support should be on your side.
Mad mum
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Posted on Wednesday, 22 December, 2004 - 12:19 pm:   

it's disgraceful how we are encourged to use london transport but when we try we are either yelled at or made to feel a nuisance, no wonder there are so many mothers driving over-sized wagons these days!

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