Modern day buggies are SUVs of the infant world
MR Ayetkin (A terrible fuss on the bus for buggy users, H&H April 26) says It s not the chair that is too big, it is the buses that are too small . I am not sure he is correct. From design, to build, to bus on the road takes several years. Understandably
MR Ayetkin (A terrible fuss on the bus for buggy users, H&H April 26) says "It's not the chair that is too big, it is the buses that are too small".
I am not sure he is correct. From design, to build, to bus on the road takes several years. Understandably today's buses were designed to carry buggies of sizes current at the initial stage.
Over the past few years I have watched with amazement as these child transporters become larger and larger, veritable SUVs of the infant world. There is the two-tier buggy, with a parcel tray beneath; the buggy with a platform at the back for a toddler; the twin-buggy; the buggy with a huge parcel tray underneath and a parcel bag at the back; the buggy with a front tray for meals; and, largest of all, the buggy modelled on a Victorian bath-chair, with a vast front wheel and two smaller ones on a wide wheelbase at the back, giving an overall length of around three metres.
Buses were simply not designed for buggies of these sizes and shapes. Not only do they have problems with the entrance door, their width is such that they cannot negotiate the centre aisle. Two of them in the buggy space means problems of entering and leaving for other passengers.
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Surely it cannot be expected that bus companies should scrap their current fleets in order to build buses which are wider and altogether larger in order to accommodate these monsters.
And before the abusive letters start: I DO know what is it is like to transport small children on public transport; I do not dislike babies, toddlers or young mothers and fathers. I have, in fact, on more than one occasion helped to man-handle a buggy over the heads of passengers because it stuck in the aisle.
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