Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Please Offer Me a Seat Scheme

A new 'Please offer me a seat' badge and card has been launched 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, there was 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, the 'Please offer me a seat' card/badge are now the face of a permanent scheme. The free badge and card are now available through our website, at www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/please-offer-me-a-seat or by calling 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 our network, on London Underground, London Overground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, Trams and River Services.

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