Bus driver suspended for refusing to use vehicle adorned with multicoloured Pride-themed number

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A bus driver has been suspended for refusing to carry passengers on a vehicle adorned with Pride decorations because it “promotes homosexuality”.

The man, who works for Norfolk-based company Konectbus, was said to be unhappy about the bus’s number being multicoloured in a nod to the LGBT rainbow flag.

Passenger Rebecca Sears said she was kept waiting as he insisted on swapping vehicles at Norwich Bus Station, two weeks after the city celebrated a Pride event.

The 19-year-old was trying to catch the 501 park and ride service to Thickthorn on August 9 when the alleged incident unfolded.

“He said we have to wait a minute, he said I am not driving this bus because it promotes homosexuality,” she said.

“I was standing with two other women and we thought he was joking.”

She added: “I just hope that he hasn’t said that in front of somebody that is gay. I would hate to think he would say something to them.

“He didn’t know if I was gay or the other two women I was with. He just out right said it.”

Miss Sears immediately complained about the driver’s behaviour to staff at the front desk.

She told them: “You are stopping people from getting home for such a ridiculous reason. It is really bad.”



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