Comment: Reason for the ban is understandable

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the decision not to allow mobility scooters may well prove to be one of the first headaches for transport chiefs when the trams finally get up and running.

Claims of discrimination and the ire of one of the most respected citizens in the city is certainly not an ideal way to herald the arrival of the long-awaited line.

The reason for the ban is perhaps understandable.

Why no-one saw this problem coming and developed a solution is less so.

Manchester, which has had a tram network for some time, has also faced similar problems and a vocal campaign to get the rules changed.

A compromise agreement there has in fact just been reached which, while by no means ideal, at least ensures that the trams are available to all.

Surely then what is possible there is workable here without the years of protest.

We certainly hope our new tram bosses will work to find a solution sooner rather than later.

After all, they may just be doing themselves a favour as most – certainly their colleagues in Lothian Buses – will remember the furore over the pram ban.

What started with a few disgruntled mothers slowly but surely developed into a mountain of protest – and a PR nightmare for the bus firm – before a compromise was finally reached.

This issue may not be on that scale – yet.

But when you have people as respected and loved as charity campaigner Tom Gilzean criticising the move, that should act as a massive alarm bell that a problem is approaching.

Part of the rationale for the tram was always that it was a fast, modern and fully accessible transport system which could be used by everyone, and we hope that will 
finally come true.

At the moment, at least for some passengers, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.