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.”