Norwich bus driver suspended after he ‘refused’ to drive Pride bus

A Norwich Park and Ride bus with rainbow coloured numbers.Image copyright Norwich Pride
Image caption Rainbow numbers were used on buses to reinforce Pride in Norwich since 2017

A bus driver has been suspended after he allegedly refused to drive a bus supporting Pride occasions.

He reportedly informed passengers in Norwich: “This bus promotes homosexuality and I refuse to drive it.”

Rainbow numbers have been used at the bus in a nod to the Pride flag.

Go East Anglia, which runs Konectbus, stated the driver have been suspended and an investigation used to be beneath means.

Passenger Becca Sears shared on Twitter that the bus to Thickthorn, close to Norwich, used to be not on time whilst every other driver used to be discovered.

Image copyright Twitter
Image caption The tale used to be shared on Twitter

Ms Sears stated she complained to personnel at Norwich Park and Ride when it took place.

There used to be outrage on social media after one passenger shared the tale on Friday.

Ali B responded on Twitter announcing : “Truly shocking!”

Other customers urged the driver will have to no longer be suspended however will have to be given extra coaching.

Go East Anglia stated on Twitter that it “prides itself on values that support diversity and inclusion and has been a champion of Norwich Pride since 2017”.

It added: “We specifically need all shoppers of no matter background or sexual orientation to really feel at ease on our products and services.

“As an organization we don’t condone any behaviour from our drivers that doesn’t reinforce this view. The driver concerned on this incident has been suspended and a complete investigation is beneath means.”

Image caption Norwich hosted a Pride tournament in July

Julie Bremner, trustee of Norwich Pride stated: “Our response is this kind of prejudiced view is strictly why we began Norwich Pride in 2009, to ensure that homophobia is visibly challenged and town is protected and inclusive for all.

“We are happy to see the bus corporate take motion following this criticism.

“When the buses began appearing a rainbow quantity in 2017, other people in our LGBT+ group have been overjoyed as this used to be every other visual image to say Norwich welcomes all and is a town of range.”

Norwich Park and Ride buses used colored numbers to reinforce town’s Pride occasions in July.

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