Thanks for the update James. Was there any info from TfL as to the hours the rear door would be open? The most recent routes converted seem very restricted in hours the rear doors are open and don't seem to operate open platforms much at weekends, if at all.
For all the Boris Bus' supposed benefits, it looks like from this twitter exchange that when it is introduced on the 148 it will be in "One Person Operation" (OPO), i.e. the rear door will be left closed during running and only open at stops. Sort of defeats the object I would have thought?
I am a supporter of squatting that does not displace allocated occupiers [already protected in law], but feel that the issue of the criminalisation of squatting needs clarifying.
As above, displacing intended or actual but absent occupiers is a criminal act, as is the commission of criminal damage in securing access to a potential squat.
Traditionally, the attitude of the local police to squatting was the major determinant of arrest probability, including cases where the police would themselves carry out an act of vandalism on a property due to be squatted, in order to be able to frame and prosecute potential squatters.
So, in effect, the additional legislation extends existing legal powers in cases where there is no inference of damage or displacement of actual or potential occupiers, which would criminalise 'peaceable' squatters whose neighbours simply want rid of...