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Buggies on buses face crackdown

Parents using wheelchair space for pushchairs

Baby in a Graco pushchair

Graco pushchairs are designed to be comfy for the child

A government report looking into passenger comfort and experiences on public transport has highlighted the issue of parents with pushchairs taking up space designed for wheelchairs on buses.

Buggies have been flagged along with other ‘problem areas’ such as bus drivers accelerating too quickly and passengers smoking and drinking alcohol.

Lack of storage space on some buses can lead to parents ‘parking’ their pushchairs in the area designated as wheelchair space on the bus. 

A consultation paper published by the Department for Transport is asking for views on ‘the scale of the problem’, and whether introducing penalties for bus operators who ‘persistently breach any aspect of the regulations’ should be considered to ensure the proper wheelchair space and access is always available.

Expert pushchair advice

Using public transport with a pushchair or pram can be a challenging task, particularly when space is tight.

Investing in a pushchair that’s easy to fold and transport can make life much easier for mums, dads and little ones – so it’s something our experts look at in detail during our pushchair tests. We also ask our parent panel of pushchair testers to tell us about their hands-on experiences too.

Check out our Best Buy pushchairs to find the models scoring highly for ease of use and folding, and find out more about how we test pushchairs. We’ve also got shopping tips and advice on how to buy the best pushchair.

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