Transport for London are trialling a “Please offer me a seat” badge, similar to their “Baby on Board” system. The idea is to encourage (“nudge”) other passengers to give up their seat to those less able to stand – including those with ‘hidden’ conditions – without having to explain. Customers also get a card with the same message. It’s not just about access to priority seats.
Southeastern have an existing system of Priority Seating Cards open to anyone who is elderly (“over 65”), pregnant, travelling with children under three, or has a disability. The idea is that you can show the card to get one of the “Priority Seats”. It’s not intended to apply to other seats, but of course if you have a problem standing then a courtesy fellow traveller may offer their seat anyway if you show the card. However if you have a Standard Class ticket it doesn’t entitle you to sit in a First Class seat, even if it is empty. And there’s no badge.
Thameslink have a similar system to that on Southeastern.
What do you think about these two systems? Do they work, and are people comfortable using them? Please let us know your experiences.