Thursday 23 March 2017

Disabled public transport users in London to be given badges urging others to give up seat

Cian Murray

Public transport users who have a disability or hidden ailment are set to be offered badges by the London transport network urging others to give up their seats.

These badges will say "please offer me a seat."

Transport for London has said the badges will be similar to the 'baby on board-style' accessories which are currently in use.

Adding that they will be trialling this process from next month onwards, with 1,000 badges being made available.

These badges are in response to complaints that those with disabilities or hidden ailments often cannot sit during journeys on the Tube or London Busses.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged those who use the transport system in London to embrace this new practice.

He 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."

Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner, added that he hopes this will take some of the difficulty out of travelling for those with disabilities.

He 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.

"I hope that Londoners help make the trial a success and offer their seat to someone with one of the badges or cards who may be in need."

Those with disabilities will also be given a card to show staff on public transport.

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