Wheelchair-bound woman receives NIS 50,000 from bus company

A wheelchair-bound woman is to receive damages amounting to some NIS 50,000 from the Metrodan Public Transport Company, after a Beersheva Magistrates Court ruled last week that the bus drivers’ refusal to allow her access multiple times onto a public bus was illegal, the National Commission for People with Disabilities announced Monday.
According to the information provided by the Justice Ministry, which oversees the commission, wheelchair-bound Efrat Vaknin turned to the commission last year after being refused access several times to public buses run by Metrodan around the city of Beersheva.
Working on the basis a 1998 law demanding the equal treatment of people with disabilities in all spheres of Israeli society, the commission submitted a petition to the court pointing out Vaknin’s right to accessibility on public city buses.