Bus babies and “obdurate” bus company

An Edinburgh campaigning group, Babies on Buses, has been shortlisted for the 2009 Herald Society Awards which “recognise excellence in the public and voluntary sectors” and are organised by The Herald newspaper in association with the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland.

The citation for Babies on Buses – whose campaign was directed at Lothian Buses – says: “This campaign saw mothers in the city successfully rise up against an obdurate bus company which reversed the previous policy of allowing pushchairs to use disabled spaces when they were not in use, without warning or consultation.”

Lothian Buses’ policy only excluded non-collapsible prams on the grounds that the presence of one in the space allotted for wheel chairs could prevent a wheel chair user from getting on the bus. It is experimenting with an added space for baby buggies on 25 Wrightbus-bodied Volvo B9TLs in course of delivery which will be used on one cross-city route.