Stafford barred from bus
A VET’S nurse says she was left humiliated after a driver stopped her getting on a bus with her dog – because he feared it would be a danger to other passengers.
Angela Smith hoped to make her daily trip on the number 63 home from Birmingham city centre with two-year-old Frazzle.
But a driver banned the pair from the bus after deciding that the Staffordshire bull terrier would frighten commuters.
The 36-year-old, who works at the PDSA clinic in Witton, said she felt she had been discriminated against because of the dog she owned. But the boss of Travel Express Limited said no breeds of dog were barred and that it was left to the discretion of drivers.
‘I thought it was very unfair that the driver decided that just because Frazzle is a Staffie that wouldn’t be allowed on,” said Angela, who lives in Northfield.
‘They have a got a reputation, unfortunately, because of some irresponsible owners but I don’t think it’s fair to make a judgement on every dog like that. I work at the PDSA and encounter much more aggressive and dangerous dogs. It’s the owners who are the problem.’
The driver would not give her a reason for refusing her but she was later sent a letter from Kishan Chumber, the director of Wolverhampton-based Travel Express, explaining that it was down to his drivers to make the decision.
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