Pregnant mother forced off bus because toddler's crying upset driver

Last updated at 16:24 05 March 2007

A pregnant mum claims she was forced to get off a bus and walk home because her toddler was crying.

Joanne Uzzell, 28, who is nearly nine months pregnant had to get off a bus because the driver claimed he could not concentrate on driving while her two-year-old daughter Molly was crying.

Mrs Uzzell, said: "My daughter was having a tantrum and there was not much I could do to make her be quiet. The bus driver stopped the bus and said that he could not concentrate on driving.

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Joanne Uzzell

"I explained to him that she was a child and so she was likely to cry. I asked him if he expected me to get off and he just smirked at me." She had to get of the bus and walk the rest of the way home with her shopping bags and daughter.

Mrs Uzzell, from Bournemouth, Dorset, said: "I was just humiliated and shocked more than anything else. "It is horrible when your child has a tantrum because people are always looking at you.

"But when the bus driver stopped all eyes were on me. I felt that I had no choice but to get off the bus."

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On her way home her shopping bag spilt and its contents were spilled across the pavement. She said: "By the time I had waddled home I was in floods of tears. I had taken the bus because I can not walk that far at the moment and because I did not want my daughter to have to walk too far on her little legs."

Mrs Uzzell had deliberately not taken a pushchair because she is trying to get her daughter used to walking so she can put her new baby in a pram.

She said: "If the driver wants quiet then perhaps he should work in a library and not drive buses." Managing director of Wilts and Dorset bus company Alex Carter said: "We are investigating the complaint. We have written to the customer with two family explorer tickets as a gesture of goodwill.

"We expect our drivers to behave courteously to all customers and we will try and ensure this does not happen again."

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