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Question about sons disability pram

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melmamof3 Fri 17-Oct-08 09:25:32

Does anyone know if a Maclaren Major Elite pram is classed as a normal pram, or a wheelchair on public transport?

I've had a few issues lately with my local bus company, which they seem unable to resolve, and its starting to piss me off.

I would class it as a wheelchair, as it is used to transport a disabled person. Where-as, my local bus company have said that it is the drivers discretion. This basically mneas that if a wheelchair user wants to get on a bus, and I'm on already, the driver can either tell the wheelchair user they have to get the next bus, or he can make me either fold my pram down or get off the bus, depending on how he perceives it.

This happened last week, I was made to get off the bus, as there was a pram on already, with a toddler in, and a wheelchair user wanted to get on. As I refused to fold my pram down, and neither would the other mother, I was made to get off. I've put a written complaint in about this, as I feel its disciminating against me and my son. There have been other incidents, but none as bad as being made to get off.

Any opinions please

Marina Fri 17-Oct-08 09:29:36

No experience of this, but the bus company is treating you disgracefully mel angry.
Do you have a health visitor whose advice you can get? Or any other specialist advisors involved with your ds' DX?
I think you could also get your MP to take this up on your behalf...and maybe Maclaren themselves are aware of this problem arising for some of their customers, and might also have some advice.
Good luck.

Howlingbellyofbeelzebub Fri 17-Oct-08 09:32:47

That is apalling - I would actually be tempted to name and shame the bus company to the local paper. There is no way on earth you should have been made to get off the bus. In my opinion a special needs buggy is the equivalent of a wheelchair. Actually, I don't think anyone with any sort of pushchair should be made to get off the bus, it's a terrible way to treat anyone.

feelingbitbetter Fri 17-Oct-08 10:07:59

angry I'll say no more. apart from seconding the suggestion of naming and shaming.

melmamof3 Fri 17-Oct-08 11:22:08

I was thinking of naming and shaming, but still waiting for the bus company to get back to me angry They better hurry up, its been over a week now

cory Fri 17-Oct-08 11:43:30

Howlingbelly, the normal practice of the OPs bus company would be to make a Mum of an NT child take the child out of the buggy and fold it- which seems perfectly reasonable. I am fed up with the number of times dd and I haven't been able to get on a bus because the space is filled with buggies of 3-4yos who could perfectly well sit on a seat and the buggy go in the luggage department.

What they fail to realise is that the OPs case is different, as her child is not an NT child.

What you need to put to the bus company is that counting a special needs buggy as a buggy rather than a wheelchair amounts to discrimination.

FioFio Fri 17-Oct-08 11:46:13

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FioFio Fri 17-Oct-08 11:47:09

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Howlingbellyofbeelzebub Fri 17-Oct-08 13:49:00

Cory, I understand that but whilst I think it is fine to ask parents of NT children to fold up the pushchair, it is not acceptable to ask anyone with a pushchair, NT or not, to leave the bus before their destination. For what it's worth I think bus drivers often treat people with pushchairs really badly full stop but obviously this case is far worse and there is no way they would turn away a wheelchair so should apply the same logic to SN pushchairs.

needmorecoffee Fri 17-Oct-08 16:42:12

its why we pushed for a proper wheelchair at 2 rather than a SN buggy. Then its nice and obvious.

supportman Fri 17-Oct-08 16:42:13

The bus company has clearly contravened the DDA and as such broken the law. If the bus company dosen't take any action to ensure that it dosen't happen again I would take it further, as well as considering suing them.

A maclaren major is classed as a wheelchair and leaving it to the drivers discretion is completly wrong.

Asking to take the child out of the buggy is discusting and if I was to do that with one of the children I care for then they would be slumped on the floor for the rest of the journey.

melmamof3 Fri 17-Oct-08 17:36:58

Fiofio, thatsterrible about being asked to take your dc out of their wheelchair! They wouldn't be in there if they didnt need to be!

If I have no joy by Monday, I am phoning their head office.

Thanks everyone for your input.

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