Transport CommitteeWritten evidence from Lesley Gibson (DAT 64)

I am an occupational therapist and have recently been carrying out assessments for blue badges and taxi cards. One of the common reasons that people give for needing these benefits is that bus drivers park away from the kerb and it is too difficult for them to disembark, and alight. It requires them to step down into the road from holding onto a rail, which is a steeper drop, then to negotiate up onto the pavement, instead of a straightforward shallow step down or up from kerb to/from bus.

I know from personal experience that this is true as I use public transport myself and most drivers park away from the kerb even if there is an empty stretch of road before and in front of the bus. Whether they are not given enough instruction in parking or just can’t be bothered I don’t know. When I have pointed this out to drivers, lets say I have not met with a positive response.

I also have had two lots of surgery in the past two years and know just how difficult this simple thing makes it, even though I am not elderly.

One impact of this is financial as the TFL pay towards the blue badges, which may concern you more. My main concern is that this is causing unnecessary health and safety risks and inconvenience to a lot of people and needs to be rectified.

January 2013

Prepared 13th September 2013