December 11 2013 Latest news:
Jane Ball, News Editor
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A shocked pensioner was thrown off a bus after being branded a health and safety risk and told she should walk the four miles to her Harold Hill home – for carrying a sealed tin of paint on board.
Linda Allen, 64, described as “laughable” the episode on Monday afternoon which saw the driver of the Harold Hill-bound 174 service tell her the pot she was holding posed a hazard to other passengers.
Linda, who had earlier bought the paint from a Wilkinson’s store in the town centre, said: “I got on the bus and was sitting down. The driver waited until everyone had got on board before telling me the paint was a health and safety hazard.
“I asked him what I was supposed to do - walk all the way home to Harold Hill? - and he said yes!
“When I said I was a pensioner, the driver just shrugged his shoulders.”
Linda claims she offered to put the paint in a plastic bag but the driver wouldn’t change his mind.
“I didn’t cause a scene but I found the whole thing laughable,” said Linda, “It’s health and safety gone too far.”
Linda, who lives off Straight Road, got on the next 174 - this time making sure her paint pot was hidden from view.
“I managed to get the paint home without spilling a drop and without harming anyone!”, said Linda. “Where do [the rules] stop? You could argue hair spray is a safety hazard becasue it’s flammable.”
A spokesman for bus company Stagecoach London, which manages the route, said: “On this occasion, this customer should have been allowed to travel as the paint was in a sealed tin which is designed for transportation. We would like to apologise to this customer involved for the inconvenience caused by this situation. The driver involved was perhaps slightly over-cautious on this occasion and we have reminded him of the guidelines on this issue.”
Information on what can be taken on buses is contained in TfL’s Conditions of Carriage (page 49), a copy of which can be accessed here: www.tfl.gov.uk/termsandconditions/899.aspx
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