Friday , 27 May 2022

Bus driver arrested over alleged homophobic offence

The number 3 McGill’s bus



A bus driver has been arrested after it was claimed he verbally abused a gay couple and then told them they were banned from travelling on his service.

The driver, who has not been named, is alleged to have sworn at the two men, both aged 20, as they boarded the number 3 Neilston to Glasgow McGill’s bus in Pollok on 10th June. He is said to have then told them “people like you shouldn’t be on this f****** bus”.

The couple, named David and Ian, are said to have been stunned by the driver’s behaviour and sat in silence during the journey, although they did challenge him when getting off the bus.

They claim the driver also them they would be banned from using all McGill’s buses in future and refused to let them on his bus on a later date.

David told the Daily Record: “I can’t believe someone can be so abusive, and that two people have to be subjected to such vile comments when doing as something as simple as stepping on to a bus.”

Police Scotland have confirmed that a man has been arrested on suspicion of having committed “homophobic offences”. A police spokesperson told the BBC: “We can confirm that on the 17th June a 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with an alleged offence under section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 which is alleged to have occurred in Peat Road, in Pollok, on June 10.

“A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

A spokesperson for the bus company said: “We do not accept discrimination of any sort from any employees. An investigation into this alleged incident is underway.”

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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  1. Just to expand on this good article: there are two things possibly going on here, if what is reported to have happened did happen. One is discrimination, contrary to the Equality Act 2010, which would be a civil wrong. “Civil” means it is not a criminal offence, but is something you can get financial compensation for in court. Refusing to let a gay couple on a bus because they are gay, or treating them less well in any other way, however politely it is done, is discrimination.

    The other thing possibly going on here, again depending on the detail of what actually happened, is a homophobic hate crime. Being abusive to someone in a way that is likely, reasonably, to cause them fear or alarm, is the crime of “threatening or abusive behaviour”. Using homophobic language while doing that would make it a homophobic hate crime. No-one should have to endure that kind of behaviour. Please, if you experience or witness homophobic, biphobic or transphobic verbal abuse that puts you or someone else into a state of fear or alarm, report it to the police if at all possible, by ringing 101.

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