I’m really pleased to learn that Transport For London (TFL) have introduced a new badge for disabled passengers. A new trial will offer disabled passengers and those with hidden conditions, illnesses and injuries a blue badge to alert other passengers of their need for a seat on public transport.
I’ve had many discussions on this topic over the years with friends, it feels awkward to have to ask, a and i’d rather wear a badge similar to the ‘baby on board’ badges for pregnant women than have to try to explain myself to a total stranger on a overcrowded tube carriage.
I have been accepted onto the initial trial and can start wearing my badge. I’ll then have to report back about my experiences. I hope that this will make rush hour travel much easier and TFL will roll this out on a permanent basis. Sometimes feel judged by others if i am in a priority seat and don’t offer up my seat to another person who looks like they need it more than I do. Short of saying ‘I have cancer mate’ this is a good alternative.
I’ve recently found out the the badge is being rolled out next year. More information about can be found here.