Allow the use of a kudo bus to provide transportation on Clearwater Beach
  • Petitioned George N. Cretekos

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Mayor and City Council of Clearwater, Florida
George N. Cretekos

Allow the use of a kudo bus to provide transportation on Clearwater Beach

    1. John  Starick
    2. Petition by

      John Starick

      Clearwater Beach, FL

Captain John’s Beach Bus is writing this petition to promote the use of a solar powered kudo bus as a means of commercial transportation on Clearwater Beach. The City of Clearwater has denied the use of a solar powered, eco-friendly low speed vehicle (LSV) as a means of transportation because it exceeds the federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) requirements in terms of weight. The current limit that the Federal Government has set is a maximum weight of 3,000 pounds, which dates back to June 17, 1998. The Federal Government has denied the Environmental Transport Association’s (ETA’s) proposed petition on September 26, 2008 (FR Doc No: E8-22736) to allow the use of LSVs with a weight limit of 4,000 pounds. At the heart of the rulemaking regarding LSVs is that they were too small to meet the requirements of passenger cars, and would only be used in controlled, low-speed environments, where the risk of collision would be small. In their ruling the Federal Government has authorized the local jurisdictions to establish exceptions to the requirement and authorize general on-road use of LSVs. The speed limit on Clearwater Beach does not exceed 25 MPH and there is no logic behind the City of Clearwater’s decision to deny the operation of a solar powered kudo bus on the roadways. This petition will allow the use of a LSV to operate at the vehicles weight capacity of 2,250 pounds. The LSV is a solar electric means of transportation and a friendly choice to our environment. This vehicle meets all federal motor carrier safety standards set forth by the State of Florida. This kudo bus helps to support the growing demand to reduce or eliminate the numbers of petroleum-fueled vehicles in use today. We the people want and support the use of a kudo bus on Clearwater Beach and work towards protecting our environment by allowing a solar powered LSV to provide commercial transportation within the jurisdiction of Clearwater Beach. By signing this petition you will help to allow the use of a solar powered LSV to operate on the roadways of Clearwater Beach and support the use of eco-friendly transportation.

 

To:
George N. Cretekos, Mayor and City Council of Clearwater, Florida
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Mayor and City Council of Clearwater, Florida.


Support the use of a solar electric kudo bus to provide transportation on Clearwater Beach.

The signing of this petition is important because it supports the growing demand to reduce or eliminate the numbers of petroleum-fueled vehicles in use today.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Nick Fidalgo TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      It does not make sense to NOT allow it! Help us save our beaches! Less pollution please!

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    • chris palmer CLEARWATER BEACH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Capt. John and his beach bus was great not only for the tourists but also he would take me from home to work at Shepards - 1 less car. Really miss this great service. Chris Palmer

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    • Rhonda Starick WATERFORD, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Because John's Beach Bus is safe and a smart way for people to get around.

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    • King James CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      In my observations Capt. John provided a great service to the beach. Parking is often hard to find during busy times and costs 1.25 an hour. Tourists would prefer to leave their car at the hotel and use the beach bus to say a restaurant or one of the marina attractions. When my grand kids come to visit me we used it a few times. And at no point did I feel unsafe riding on it. John is a very good driver. The kids always loved it and people visiting our beach thought it was simply great. I also know that for example one night Capt. John picked up 2 tourists girls who were lost - drunk - but he got them back to their hotel safe. I just think it was a stupid decision by Clearwater to outlaw the same vehicle they previously had approved. Now Capt. John who invested about 20,000 to bring something good to the beach has this way cool solar powered mini bus sitting in a garage.

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    • Andrew Martin CLEARWATER BEACH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Its pretty sad that the mayor has decided to take the safest eco-friendly cart off the beach, if they only payed half as much attention to other carts on beach they would find numerous violations and come to the realization that they just took the safest cart off the beach. I erge the the city of clearwater to reconsider the law and will not ride any other cart on the beach, do to safety concerns.

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