Transport for London are currently trialling a new badge and card scheme to help those less able to stand get a seat on public transport across London.
The badge, similar to the ‘Baby on board’ scheme, will ask passengers to ‘please offer me a seat’. Transport for London hope that the initiative will shine a light on whether the badge helps people get a seat and understand the reactions of other customers.
The trial is in response to complaints from people with hidden disabilities who often struggle to sit down on public transport. If the trial is successful, the badges will be made available later this year.
London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown said, “We appreciate that asking for a seat on public transport can sometimes be difficult, particularly for customers who have hidden disabilities or conditions. That is why we are launching this trial, and if it is successful we will work closely with older and disabled people’s organisations to develop the final product.”
Also commenting on the scheme, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “We hope that these new blue badges can make a real difference to those who find it difficult to get a seat when they need one, particularly those with hidden disabilities.”
“Everyone who travels around London knows about the success of the ‘Baby on board’ badges.”
“I want Londoners to embrace our new trial and help these blue badges become as instantly-recognisable, giving confidence to those wearing them on public transport across London.”
TfL are currently looking for volunteers to join the month-long trial. If you would like to be a part of this scheme, click here.