Transport for London launches ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge
Transport for London (TfL) in the UK has launched its 'Please Offer Me a Seat' badge initiative across its network for disabled passengers.
The blue badge is set to make travelling easier for people with hidden conditions, injuries or illness that makes it difficult for them to stand for long periods of time.
It will help them find a seat on public transport and can be used on all TfL’s services, including the London Underground and Overground, TfL Rail, buses, DLR, trams and the associated station platforms or waiting areas.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “These blue badges will make a real difference to passengers who need a seat but just haven’t felt confident enough to ask for one.
“I’ve no doubt they’ll soon become as recognisable across the capital as our popular Baby on Board badges.”
The new badge will be accompanied by a card, and has been created following requests by customers who struggled to get a seat in public transport.
London Transport Commissioner Mike Brown said: “The 'Please Offer Me a Seat' badge and card demonstrate our commitment to making life easier for all our customers.
“The trial proved a great success, with the large majority of people finding the badge improved their journeys.”
TfL conducted a six week trial of the badge and card with 1,200 participants last year.
The trail found that more than 72% of journeys were made easier due to the badge, and 98% of the individuals involved said that they would recommend it to somebody who needed it.
Image: Please Offer Me a Seat badge. Photo: courtesy of Transport for London.