Employers for Carers member Transport for London have launched a ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card for people who find it difficult to stand when using public transport. The badge and accompanying card were created following requests from customers who struggle to get a seat, as their need is not immediately obvious. The badge and card remove the awkwardness of customers having to explain their need for a seat to others.
Last autumn, they held a six week trial with 1,200 people to test the new badge and card. More than 72 per cent of journeys were found to be easier as a result of the badge, and 98 per cent of people taking part said they would recommend it to somebody who needed it.
As a result, they have now introducing the ‘Please offer me a seat’ initiative permanently. The free badge and card are available through their website or by calling them on 0343 222 1234. There are no qualifying criteria - applicants do not need to provide a GP’s note or their medical history. The badge and card can be used across their network, on London Underground, London Overground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, Trams and River Services.
To find out more about how they are making London’s transport network more accessible, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/accessibility.