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Be interesting to see how it works. My local bus (when out of London) lowers if I am using a walking stick and has no problems with a ramp when I am in a wheelchair. I can usually get a disabled seat at the front if travelling out of peak times. 

However, if I am in London or any big city it's a different story. The driver is oblivious to a walking stick and will drive off before I can get a seat (if there is one). I'm invisible to the people on the bus and it's hard  to get seated. With a wheelchair the driver can just drive off or says there is a fault with the ramp. Then as people probably know there is the conflict with other users of the wheelchair space.

Occasionally use a Stagecoach bus as may apply for one and see how I get on. Will have to pay more attention to the bus company now and see which are Stagecoach.

 

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Hmm.  Seems like a good idea, but I'd worry that infirm but proud people wouldn't get/use a card, and wouldn't be helped despite obvious impairment (because they've not brandished a card), while on the other hand the UK is rife with slightly impaired people trying it on, who'll cause chaos by always using the card even where they're actually capable enough.

I guess I'd be happier if all the staff were just properly trained and incentivised to identify anyone with an impairment (or, actually, any complication which needs assistance, like a mother with quintuplets, say) and to go the extra mile to assist them.

But this card scheme, on balance, would appear to be a laudable effort.

 

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There seems to be a mismatch between conditions and card statements:

 

 

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Who can apply for Journey Assistance Cards

You can apply for Journey Assistance Cards if you have:

  • limited vision or hearing
  • difficulty in communicating
  • special educational needs

or if:

  • English is not your first language
  • you need extra time or help to find a seat

 

Types of Journey Assistance Cards

Our Journey Assistance Cards have been developed with our trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

The cards available are:

  • please be patient, I am deaf
  • please be patient, I am visually impaired
  • please be patient, I have difficulty speaking
  • please be patient, I am hard of hearing
  • please speak slowly and face me to help me hear better
  • please scan my pass for me
  • please count my change for me
  • please help me find a seat
  • please give me time to sit, in case I fall down
  • driver, please let me know when we get to . . .
  • please tell me when we reach my stop


 

 

As you can see, no available card with statement:

  • please be patient, I'm Scottish.

:P

(runs for cover)

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Seems well-intentioned, and probably makes sense for the deaf, but I don't really think my legally-blind youngest daughter will benefit much from any scheme like this.

The white-stick, and the golden retriever with the high-viz harness kind of announces to people that she may need some help.

 

XYY

                                                                                                               

The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage - Danish proverb

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I'd still rather drive. My elderly aunt had her wrist broken when a driver accelerated too fast away from a bus stop before she could sit down. Clinging to the pole, her wrist was snapped. She refused to complain to the bus co, even though it is a notifiable accident, because the bus company would ignore her complaint and it'd be a waste of time.

At almost 90, I guess enjoying her time is more important. 

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6 minutes ago, Bossybabe said:

At almost 90, I guess enjoying her time is more important. 

A recent invite via social-media to a school-reunion revealed that our first headmaster - who retired when we went comprehensive in 1979 - is still alive at 99.

He actually attended a reunion in 2011.

Several of my teachers are also regular attenders - most of them in their eighties.

I love to hear about independent and very much alive pensioners - fills me with deep joy.

If you ask me, there must have been some pretty decent stuff put in the water-supply round here between the wars...

 

 

XYY

                                                                                                               

The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage - Danish proverb

 

 

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41 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

A recent invite via social-media to a school-reunion revealed that our first headmaster - who retired when we went comprehensive in 1979 - is still alive at 99.

He actually attended a reunion in 2011.

Several of my teachers are also regular attenders - most of them in their eighties.

I love to hear about independent and very much alive pensioners - fills me with deep joy.

If you ask me, there must have been some pretty decent stuff put in the water-supply round here between the wars...

 

 

XYY

 

                                                                                                               

 

The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage - Danish proverb

 

 

 

There's hope for us yet. My aunt will be 90 on Halloween this year. She still goes abroad two or three times a year with her friend. I'm in worse shape than she is...

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