Bus driver orders all passengers to get off after they refuse to make space for wheelchair-bound man

Francois Le Berre, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, could not board the bus and was left stranded on the sidewalk as other passengers refused to give him space


                            Bus driver orders all passengers to get off after they refuse to make space for wheelchair-bound man

A bus driver in Paris was lauded on social media after he ordered all his passengers to get off the vehicle when they refused to make space for a wheelchair-bound individual to get aboard the bus.

The incident occurred at a bus stop in Porte de Clichy in the French capital's suburbs where Francois Le Berre was patiently waiting for the bus. He suffers from multiple sclerosis. When the bus arrived, passengers on board did not budge from their spots to make room for the patient despite the access ramp being put up. As he was left stranded on the sidewalk, the driver realized what was going on and immediately shouted "Terminus!" instructing everyone to get off and letting Le Berre on board along with his brother. He then took off with the pair as his only passengers after asking the other passengers to wait for the next bus.

The RATP driver ensured that Le Berre, a man with reduced mobility, was able to get on the bus that was crowded. (Twitter)
The RATP driver ensured that Le Berre, a man with reduced mobility, was able to get on the bus that was crowded. (Twitter)

Le Berre said: "Yesterday while waiting for the bus in Paris, I laughed because no-one wanted to budge. When nobody moved the driver got up and said: 'Terminus! Everybody off the bus!' After that, the driver came to see me and said, 'You and your helper, you can get on, and the others, you can wait for the next one!'"

The bus driver allegedly told him that "everyone might need a wheelchair one day", Le Berre said in a conversation with France's Huffington Post. He had come down to talk to Le Berre and his brother and tell them they could get on the bus after waiting for passengers to disperse and accommodate. The wheelchair-bound Le Berre even said that the driver did not know him, nor did he have any disabled family members. He had simply decided to show "a little civility" at the situation.

The heart-warming story was shared on Twitter by a group called Accessible Pour Tous, which is the French equivalent for 'Accessibility For All'. The bus company operating the routes reached out to them for details so that they could convey the group's appreciation on to the driver. That said, several users praised the driver's intervention on Twitter, where the Accessible Pour Tous tweet has been liked more than 12,000 times and shared more than 5,200 times.



 

One user said: "The bus driver is a hero!", while another wrote: "Congratulations to the bus driver, but shame on the passengers." Another commented: "Bravo to the driver who emptied his bus to allow the disabled person to get on. Good lesson. I hope the other passengers understood." While a third comment read: "I hope this action will be followed by lots of others. Let's change the view of those who don't see others."