Transport for London are keen for people to trial a new ‘Please-Offer-me-A-Seat Badge’ scheme for those who need a seat but are unable to obtain one as they have an ‘invisible condition or disability’; and the current Priority Badge system does not allow for those who have invisible conditions, such as some cancers.
Those who wanted to take part in the Pilot Scheme are now being turned way from taking part if they use the tube less than once a week. Tfl states that they are ‘ineligible‘ after they have completed the Survey.
Many passengers who use the tube less that once a week can be the ones that avoid the Underground because of their condition or for other reasons, such as only going to hospital a few times a month. Others may have to go to hospital every day for a week but not on other days in the month.
Volunteers wanted to take part in the Pilot Scheme as it would help increase their confidence in using the tube and to provide Tfl with valuable feedback.
To ban them from the Pilot Scheme is unacceptable.