Equality News Update: Disabled man too scared to travel following issues with bus drivers

A disabled man said he is too scared to travel by bus after he was almost kicked off a by a driver because of issues with his pass.

Martin Gorrie, 48, was left permanently disabled after suffering a stroke in early 2017.

Mr Gorrie spent 10 weeks in hospital and had to learn how to walk again following his brain injury and requires the use of a walking stick because of complications.

Despite this, Mr Gorrie – who worked as an accountant prior to his stroke – has enrolled as a student at Dundee University, where he is studying on the institution’s part-time masters course.

He travels by bus from his home in Colinsburgh, Fife, but claims to have suffered poor service from operator Stagecoach as a result of his disabilities.

In one instance, Mr Gorrie was almost refused travel by a driver on the 95 service to St Andrews because his national entitlement card had been “hot listed”.

Mr Gorrie said he became distressed, agitated and upset because he had no other means of getting to Dundee.

Eventually, Mr Gorrie was taken to St Andrews, where a bus driver on the 99 service issued him with an “emergency” seven-day pass.

Despite this, Stagecoach said both the driver who initially refused Mr Gorrie travel and the driver who issued him with a seven-day pass acted incorrectly, but that Mr Gorrie should have paid the initial fare.

In another incident, Mr Gorrie said he was ignored by a driver as he tried to make his way off a bus as he was travelling home.

“My worry is that I am not the only disabled person being treated this way,” he said.

 

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https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/584472/disabled-man-too-scared-to-travel-following-issues-with-drivers/