Letter: Prescott trips over the dog

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Sir: My family would love to do our bit for the environment and go by bus ("I'll get you on the bus, says Prescott", 6 June). Unfortunately, our willingness and money are not sufficient for Stagecoach Red & White in west Gloucestershire. A reasonable service exists and the buses are often nearly empty when we wish to travel, but the company has said "No".

The problem is our black labrador. He is a dog, and although he is extremely well-behaved the company refuses to give him a ride. We can't leave him at home all day on his own. Rail passengers have a charter; bus passengers need one that sets out minimum standards including carriage of dogs and other things that bus companies may regard as awkward, such as pushchairs, suitcases and folding bicycles.

CLIVE MOWFORTH

Dursley, Gloucestershire

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