Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Lothian Buses 'pram ban' lifted

Image caption Lothian Buses said it was required to meet disability legislation

A bus company has dropped a "pram ban" on its vehicles, following years of campaigning by parents.

Lothian Buses had restricted the use of non-folding buggies, saying it was required by law to provide space for disabled and elderly passengers.

But bosses will allow them on board from 30 April, as long as users clear bus wheelchair space, if it is needed.

Lothian Buses, which operates in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, said the issue was a complicated one.

The operator said more than one unfolded buggy would be able to fit on a bus, while anyone asked to get off would get a refund.

Lothian Buses managing director Ian Craig, said: "We are delighted to announce amendments to our conditions of carriage resulting in improved accessibility for those travelling with buggies, while continuing to adhere to the legal obligation placed on public transport providers to make specific provision for disabled people, the elderly and infirm.

"Accessibility is a complex and challenging issue for all public transport providers.

"Investment in the fleet and changes to policies, which affect numerous groups, not just parents and carers, need careful consideration before they can be implemented."

Lothian Buses, a publicily-owned operator in which Edinburgh City Council is the major shareholder, said it had put 25 "buggy-friendly" buses on the roads in 2009, and 269 of its vehicles now had specially adapted wheelchair and buggy space.

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