Travelling with pram

A pram with a baby is transported for free in all PID means of transport, in line with the PID Tariff.

DPP wants to provide the best possible services also to passengers with baby prams. Therefore, increasing number of connections is ensured by low-floor vehicles, stops are being adjusted for easy boarding to the vehicles and barrier-free accesses to the metro stations and railway stations are being established. Escalators will help passengers with baby prams too. On the other hand, fixed staircases or stairs when boarding vehicles are an obstacle that can be overcome only sometimes and, moreover, with difficulty.

When transporting prams, it is usually possible to use the help of co-travellers or potentially of the carrier’s personnel (however, this is not the personnel’s obligation). Travelling can also be eased by decency and courtesy, sufficient communication with the carrier’s personnel as well as with passengers, knowledge of rights and obligations should be a matter of course. Helpfulness is expected when travelling by a fuller means of transport. If possible, give priority to wheelchaired co-travellers.

Driver or another authorised person may, due to the immediate transport situation (the vehicle is fully occupied, or the reserved platform is already occupied by another pram or wheelchair, or bicycle), refuse to transport the baby pram.

The driver may ease the situation of the passengers boarding with prams by opening the doors centrally – the passengers thus do not have to stretch around the pram to the button at the door.

Travelling with a pram – how to proceed

Before boarding

Before the vehicle arrival, it is recommended to stand on that spot at the stop where we expect the door, that we want to use for boarding, to be. When the tram or the bus is approaching, a signal needs to be given by raising the arm.

Boarding

Low-floor vehicle – boarding with the pram forwards

 

Vehicle with stairs – carrying the pram with handle forwards (upwards)

 

Definitely not forwards!

 

Disembarking

Low-floor vehicle – pulling the pram backwards

 

Definitely not forwards! (except for the metro)

 

Up and down fixed staircases

• by the pram forehead (by handle and front part)
• always the upper person by the handle

From the side of the pram

Riding escalators

4-wheel prams – lower passenger below the pram handle, upper passenger securing from above (suitable for both directions of the ride)

3-wheel prams – upper passenger holding the pram handle, lower passenger securing from below (necessary for both directions of the ride due to transversal stability of the pram)

Pram location in the vehicle

As a priority, the pram should go to the pram transport platform. According to the occupancy of the vehicle and the number of prams (as well as of wheelchairs), it is possible to use the area appropriately (less prams with sitting on the adjacent seat, more prams side by side with standing). Try checking out the final stop of potential co-travellers with prams (or of wheelchaired passengers) and locate yourself in the vehicle accordingly (clearing the way by useless disembarking and boarding delays everyone).

Locate the pram ideally in the position with minimum manoeuvring after boarding as well as before disembarking (unless such location limits other passengers or prevents them from moving). Brake the pram and secure it against unintentional movement if possible (using the vehicle construction or holding it appropriately). If possible, fold down the pram handle so that it protrudes to the space as little as possible.

If ridden on the rotating front wheels only, prams with front wheels do not keep the desired direction, which results especially in improper boarding into low-floor vehicles. Greater attention needs to be paid when travelling with a pram for two children (side by side / in a row / above each other) or with more sporty versions of prams.

Before disembarking

Pram button – before arriving to the stop, it is necessary, in a tram and a bus, to signal the intention to disembark with a pram by the corresponding button, separately for each disembarking pram (in case of some vehicles, the signal is given by pushing the button “Signal to driver” twice). In the vehicles with demand-controlled doors it is necessary to push the corresponding button (in case of some bus types, the closest door to the pushed button for disembarking with pram is activated automatically). Then one just needs to get ready to disembark (to ask to clear the path, to release the pram and potentially to direct the pram towards the door).

Metro

Accessibility to some metro stations is limited to the access by fixed staircases only.

In the metro, a passenger with a pram can travel on any platform. Maximum one pram is allowed to be transported on each platform. However, some platforms may be more occupied (groups of passengers, effect of the location of accesses to the platform in the individual stations), bicycles can be transported on majority of first and last platforms of each vehicle (marked with pictograms), and the first or last platform of the entire metro set is typically the most suitable for wheelchaired passengers. A suitable spot for the pram is, for example, at the emergency connecting doors at the ends of wagons, or at the right doors in the direction of travel (these are usually not used).

Accessibility of the metro stations for passengers with prams is available in the metro scheme. Only the access with the least physical demand is stated for each station (i.e. in this order: elevators – escalators – fixed staircases).

Trams and buses

Operation of low-floor vehicles is gradually extended, in line with the fleet renewal.

 

Guaranteed low-floor vehicles are marked with this symbol in the timetables

 

Special bus line H1 is established for transport of persons with reduced mobility (thus including passengers with prams).

Funicular

Due to the construction of the vehicles and the resulting structural arrangement of the stations, the funicular is not able to ensure the barrier-free accessibility. Access for passengers with prams is only possible with accompaniment of another person (carrying over fixed staircases).

Ferries

Except for line P3 (barrier-free vessel), travelling by ferries is only possible with accompaniment of another person.