Jun 23, 2009

MTA legislate manners



Poster

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the public transportation authority in south eastern New York State. It is the law on New York public transit that patrons must give up seats that are designated as priority seating for persons with disabilities. The fine is $50.00 for bone heads that choose to keep the seat.

Related Link: Priority Seating Campaign

3 comments:

TomW said...

The poster states you have to give up your seat to someone with a disability, but also states that "not all disabailites are visible". So, if someone has a non-visible disability, you have to give them your seat, but you have no way of knowing that...

Andy said...

I had the same problem when I drove bus. Disabilities can not always been seen.

Also people with disabilities can fool you into believing they do not need assistance. I used to get a lady on the Specialize Service transit bus. She was completely blind and very independent. She made some of the drivers believe she could get around okay. As luck would have it I knew she needed more guidance that she let on.

nixtuff said...

So... what qualifies as a disability? No legs? That one is obvious. Broken legs? Perhaps a grey area. What about Down Syndrome? How about me, I have Autism. Even without that, I have a learning disability, Dysgraphia. What about people with Dyslexia? Clearly that is going too far, so where do you draw the line? Some people are going to end up on the side of the line they dont particularly like. Beyond that, what if you have one of those non-visible disabilities, and someone with a visible one demands you give up your seat? Etc etc etc. Once you cross the line from "courtesy" to "law" you open a whole can of worms.