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Did You Know This About Traveling On Dublin Bus With A Buggy?

Transport For Ireland, in association with the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and Dublin Bus, has launched a new campaign to remind buggy users that while they can use the wheelchair spaces onboard Dublin Bus, the wheelchair has priority and they need to fold their buggy and move if a wheelchair user needs the space on the bus.

This has always been the rule on Dublin Bus, but the campaign hopes to highlight this for users who may not be aware that wheelchair users have priority over everyone else for use of the wheelchair space.

Tips For Buggy Users:

  1. Low-floor buses are designed so that buggies can remain unfolded in the wheelchair space if it is free. 
  2. Please make sure the buggy is safely positioned and the brake is on, unfolded buggies cannot travel in the gangway. 
  3. You should be able to board any low-floor bus with a buggy.  
  4. If the driver thinks that it is too crowded for you to board safely, he may refuse you boarding.
  5. The driver will not ask anybody already travelling to get off the bus to make room.
  6. If someone in a wheelchair wishes to board when there is an unfolded buggy in the wheelchair space, the driver will ask you to fold the buggy and either put it in the luggage space or keep it by your side.
  7. On all new buses, there is both a wheelchair space and a buggy space, buggy owners may use both spaces but the buggy owner in the wheelchair space must move out of this space if a wheelchair user wishes to board the bus.  
This article has been sponsored by Transport For IrelandIrish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and Dublin Bus.

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Renee Summers
Really appreciate this article - wheelchair users should absolutely get priority. I have baby twins and would usually take the Luas or DART if I'm travelling with them as Dublin Bus is really not cut out for a double buggy! The few times we have used the bus though, we've thankfully not taken the space from a wheelchair user, though have taken the space of a parent with one child where they had to collapse their buggy to make room for us, which I feel terrible about, but it's pretty much impossible to collapse a double buggy and hold two babies if it's just me with them. Can't even imagine what it's like for triplets or quads - they probably are entirely unable to use Dublin Bus (while they're still in a buggy).

On the bus issue - I'm surprised there's not more discussion on priority boarding for pregnant women - like there is in the UK/US. I found it really difficult to find a seat even when heavily pregnant with twins and had to ask most of the time. I wonder if pregnant Irish public transit users would benefit from wearing one of those pins that women in the UK wear to let other people know they're pregnant and offer them a seat?
11/10/2017 14:05:22

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