Wheelchair user Doug Paulley has won a Supreme Court case disputing the right for disabled people to take priority in wheelchair spaces on buses. Whizz-Kidz’s Chief Executive, Ruth Owen, responds to the news.
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
“Whizz-Kidz welcomes this ruling from the Supreme Court, and we congratulate Doug Paulley on his bravery and commitment in continuing to fight for the rights of wheelchair users to use public transport. It is disappointing however that Mr Paulley had to go to these lengths to have these rights recognised.
“This case isn’t, and should not be, about pitting parents with buggies against wheelchair users; it’s about transport operators enforcing their own policies appropriately and ensuring that the right of disabled people to travel using public transport is not compromised.
“Public transport is a lifeline for disabled people, and we know that many wheelchair users experience difficulties with access. We hope this ruling means that getting onto a bus is one less obstacle for disabled people simply trying to get from A to B.”