0370 270 6000

Phillips-Turner v Reading Transport Ltd, County Court, 26 January 2000

15 August 2000
The issues

Bus Passengers – Bus Moving Off – Negligence

The facts

The Claimant aged 63 was a passenger on the Defendant’s bus. She was making her way to the far end of a long seat between the entry and the exit doors when the bus moved off and she fell. She alleged that the driver had failed to make sure she was seated before moving off and that he had moved off with a jerk.

The decision

Following Fletcher v United Counties Omnibus Co Limited (1998 PIQR at page 154) bus drivers generally did not have a duty to wait for all passengers to be seated where safety supports were provided although different considerations might apply where a passenger was elderly or infirm or particularly encumbered. The Claimant was a fit and active 63 year old. She was not vulnerable. There was nothing to suggest the driver ought to have taken particular care. On the evidence, although there was a slight jerk as the bus moved off it was nothing out of the ordinary.

Claim dismissed.

Focus on...

Legal updates

Court of Appeal confirms exclusive English jurisdiction clause in excess liability policies in Canadian pipeline dispute

On 10 June 2022 the Court of Appeal upheld an anti-suit injunction granted in favour of insurers by Mr Justice Jacobs in September 2021 restraining proceedings from being brought in Canada and enforcing the exclusive English jurisdiction clause in excess liability policies.



Payment Fraud landscape shaped by technology in 2021

Payment systems across Europe are under increased pressure to mitigate fraud risks and defend against persistent attacks from enablers using ever more sophisticated and malicious viruses and malware.


Legal updates

Gosden and another v Halliwell Landau and another [2021] EWHC 159 (Comm)

This claim addressed the question, of when the date for assessment of damages in cases of negligence should be determined and shows that when appropriate the Courts will depart from the default position.


Legal updates

Assessing the scope of employers liability – Chell v Tarmac

These were the opening remarks of Mr Justice Martin Spencer when handing down his Judgment in the recent case of Andrew Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Limited [2020] EWHC 2613, the latest in a series of appeals dealing with the scope of vicarious liability.


The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up