Bus driver refuses veiled woman
Manchester Evening News:
A MUSLIM woman was prevented from getting on a bus in Greater Manchester because she would not remove her veil.Of course not - she went straight to the press, encouraged by the usual suspects, no doubt.
The 22-year-old Manchester University student from Oldham says other passengers laughed when the driver refused to let her on because he could not check her identity with her bus pass.
Now the driver's bosses at First Manchester are to meet with their trade association, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), to seek advice on how to deal with the problem if other passengers with photo passes refuse to lift their veils.
They say they have received no complaint from the woman and have been unable to track down the driver concerned.
The student, who didn't want to be named, tried to board the 59 bus to Oldham.Working title "How to be a good dhimmi".
She said: "The driver asked to see my pass, but it has my photo on and he couldn't see my face.
"I told him I would not remove my veil and he said I couldn't get on."
She is now offering to help the company draw up guidance to drivers.
One bus driver at Oldham bus station, who didn't want to be named, said: "What are we supposed to do? What is the point of a pass if you can't see someone's face?"Too right. The MEN has a poll currently running at 93% in favour of the bus driver. Get along and cast your vote.