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Petitioning Federal Government, United States Department of Transportation, Uniform Time Act of 1966

Abolishing Daylight Saving Time

Abolish Daylight Saving time!? Can we do it? Yes, we can! Should we!? Well, 4 U.S. States already have! Those 4 States, and our U.S. territories, do not observe Daylight Saving time. A federal change of the remaining states is what I am petitioning for, not just a state waiver. Before we dive in, what’s Daylight Saving Time? Some don’t know, and that’s okay. DST starts on the second Sunday in March when the clocks “Spring forward” one hour and DST ends on the first Sunday in November when we “Fall backwards” one hour (back to Standard Time,) disrupting our sleeping patterns not once, but twice a year! Ugh. So, who else wants the Federal Government and Department of Transportation to end the Uniform Time Act of 1966, give us back our Standard Time and in simpler words, quit messing with our clocks!? When we “Fall Back” to Standard Time this first Sunday in November 2020, let’s petition to keep it there, permanently!!The early 1900s wars that encouraged DST are over, there’s little benefits to Daylight Saving, in fact, there’s proven health risks! (Link below)  Facts: The sun sets at about 6:35 right now (Oct 20, 2020) and until peak (Dec 21st,) it will continue to inch earlier and earlier, minute by minute, to a Sunset at approx. 5:30 (if we don’t “Fall Back”) However, with the time change, (because we “Sprung Forward” for DST, the sun will actually set at about 4:30 in winter after we “Fall Back” to Standard Time. (There’s unfortunately nothing we can change about Standard Time) In case I made “falling back” to Standard Time sound awful, there are benefits in remaining on Standard Time permanently. The benefit of Standard Time in the winter is that the sun will rise at 6:50ish, instead of 7:50ish. This helps to clear our vehicles of frost and ice, warming things up before most of us must be on the roads. I can’t speak for America. Only you can do your research and sign for yourself. I believe we should all make a vote on it. Personally, I would rather see Standard Time on a federal level (every state) permanently all year round and sleep patterns undisturbed. Facts: The Summer Sun sets around 9:04 in DST at its latest time. So, instead of 9:04, it will be 8:04 sunsets in summer in Standard Time. Will you suffer if the Summer Sun sets an hour earlier?   Please consider signing and sharing this petition targeted at the “Time Controllers,” our Federal Government, the Department of Transportation and specifically the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that was introduced into our amendments making this a standard, federally recognized occurrence. It is more than just a sleep nuisance, it is a health risk to change the clocks twice a year!  “We found four prominent, elevated risk clusters, including cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attacks), injuries, mental and behavioral disorders, and immune-related diseases such as noninfective enteritis and colitis to be significantly associated with DST shifts in the United States and Sweden. “ -   Jun 8, 2020  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7302868/#idm140107432308336title

Stefani Kay
124,146 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Department of Transportation

Airlines: Ban Nuts

In August 2017 I almost lost my life. I have severe food allergies, many of which can lead to a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. On the flight home from our family vacation the airlines served roasted mixed nuts without any announcement.  The stewardess stated she was not serving "peanuts" when I told her I was allergic to all nuts.  Despite calling the airlines in advance to make them aware of my severe nut allergy.  The representative had reassured us that our flights would not be serving any nuts as they no longer do this.  She was sadly mistaken.     My lips became pallor, my voice started to become raspy and I began to have a difficult time breathing.  I took what Benadryl I had and two Epi-pens.  The airlines has no protocol for anaphylactic reactions.  My husband had to ask if they had oxygen.  Another stewardess applied ice to the back of my neck  while wearing latex gloves.  I'm allergic to latex potentially making my reaction even worse.  My husband was asked to make the decision to divert the plane.  He did fearing a secondary reaction.  I shook violently from the Epinephrine and unable to talk I could not correct the medics when they said I consumed peanuts.  Not once did I touch or eat the nuts.  In route to the hospital my Glasgow coma scale went down to a 3, the lowest score and completely unresponsive.  My husband covered our kids eyes as they wheeled my lifeless body into the hospital as they continued to ventilate my lungs.  I was admitted for observation with elevated vitals.  My family was stranded with nothing or anywhere to stay.   All the shaking aggravated my previous medical condition, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  To no avail physical and occupational therapy and botox injections did not help this time.  On December 21st at Johns Hopkins I had a first rib resection, scalene and pectoral minor release.  I struggle to this day to hold my son or daily normal activiies.  My daughter and I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are going to therapy. So many people do not understand the severity of food allergies because they themselves do not know someone that is affected by a life-threatening allergy.  The lack of knowledge can fester anger over a mere snack however I believe their feelings would be different if it were their loved one.  It's something no one chooses to have or want.   There is a huge misconception that a nut allergy is only to peanuts when it can be all nuts.  Some reactions can be so deadly that they do not have to be consumed.  I'm lucky to be alive today and I believe it's because its to have Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to ban NUTS.  Protocols need to be in place and change needs to happen on what can be served on airplanes.  Can we all be safe while flying in the air.  Can airlines not serve other snacks besides nuts.  Why does it have to be the snack of choice?  We protect our children in schools can we not do the same for those who are flying 30,000 feet in the air.  Please sign and share my petition and help make the vital changes to the airline industry and help educate those who do not know how detrimental it can be by sharing my story https://www.facebook.com/1411750451/posts/10217183835973944/  Please help me save another life. 

Tricia Powell
44,487 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, United States Department of Transportation, FMCSA, U​.​S. House of Representatives, Elaine Chao, Raymond Martinez, Jim Mullen, Mike Pence, U​.​S. Senate

Protect Truckers Through Covid 19

Truckers are working hard to haul the goods the American people need. It is a travesty that Covid 19 legislation is grossly inadequate in addressing the unique needs of the long haul driver. Long haulers are away from home far more often than they are at home. If a driver becomes ill with Covid 19, it is far more likely it will happen on the road. They are especially vulnerable, due to their dependence on truck stops, where they encounter the traveling public frequently.  Additionally, they are in and out of shippers and receivers and rest areas regularly.  This situation is declining, as rest areas and shippers/receivers are increasingly closing restrooms and instead installing Kybos.  At this time there is still no official guidance, nor assistance, for the long haul driver. If drivers get sick, your shelves go bare. Our nation's drivers should not have to risk financial catastrophe for themselves and their families, in addition to their increased risk of illness, for absolutely no compensation*, nor assistance, in the event they fall ill or test positive. A minimum of 3 issues need addressed immediately. 1. Establishment of a hotline for drivers where they can receive guidance on what to do and where to go if they become ill when on the road. Due to the nature of their vehicle, up to 70 foot long and 80,000 pounds, they will likely require facilitation in regard to getting them to a clinic or hospital and later, possibly, to a motel or appropriate facility. 2. Drivers who become ill while in the course of their duties, who were forced to quarantine in a motel or other facility away from home, should be reimbursed 100% of all expenses for food, supply delivery and lodging. If a family member must travel to the truck driver, those travel expenses should be fully reimbursed. 3. Drivers who become ill in the course of their duties should be entitled to sick pay, commensurate with their average daily earnings, until such time as they are medically cleared to return to work. Additionally, a driver who tests positive, whether ill or not, but who is required to be quarantined, should also be entitled to sick pay. This should apply to all drivers, no matter the number of employees their carrier employs, including owner operators. (edited for clarity 4/2/20) Considering the disgusting pet pork projects allowed to pass, this protection for the American truck driver should not even be in question. This petition does not ask for hazard pay, raises or bonuses - it asks only for protection. Truckers, friends and their families are millions strong and we're watching. Do the right thing. Thank you to all those who sign in support the American truck driver.  We deeply appreciate you. *ETA, 4/2/2020:  Please see the 2nd update for more information about why the legislation passed thus far does not adequately provide sufficient protections for ALL truckers.  IMPORTANT UPDATE! 4/7/2020: Announced today is a proposal for hazard pay for essentials, including truck drivers.  Although hazard pay is not what was asked for in this petition, this is a side-step in a direction that might address what we ARE asking for - sick pay & reimbursements for Covid related issues.  There's never been a more important time to reach out to your lawmakers and share, share, share.  One part of the statement that is a little worrisome says, "The Heroes Fund would provide funding directly to eligible employers so they could then distribute the premium payments."  Who is an eligible employer?  The end goal of this petition is that ALL truckers are covered for illness.  Keep your eye on this! Hazard Pay for Essentials

Rachelle Tuttle
37,038 supporters
Petitioning Upper Pittsgrove Township, United States Department of Transportation

To Have a Traffic Light at Dangerous Intersection - Rt 77 & Glassboro Rd

On August 3rd, 2021, Michael Hauger (25) of Marlton, NJ was in a devastating car accident where he was t-boned by a dump truck traveling at high speeds. The accident occurred at the intersection of Rt. 77 and Glassboro Rd, which is a common intersection for accidents due to a flashing yellow and a flashing red light on perpendicular roads. There is also a home on one of the four corners, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic. Please find a visual of this intersection here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Glassboro+Rd+%26+NJ-77,+Upper+Pittsgrove,+NJ+08343/@39.6412292,-75.2237674,3a,75y,73.41h,94.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sjY1XaLmxJNP15F9-heUcXA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c726e0910c9a47:0xa01bc8b5b3c1196c!8m2!3d39.641252!4d-75.2235798 Michael found himself at that very corner mid-afternoon on a work errand. A short while after the collision, he was discovered unconscious on the scene. He was transported via helicopter to the nearest trauma center where he remains spending day in and day out fighting for his life. Not only is he suffering from a traumatic brain injury, but also severe brain swelling, a broken clavicle, 10 broken ribs, and a collapsed lung.  He is currently on his tenth day of being in a medically induced coma.  Near and distant relatives, friends spanning his lifetime, neighbors, bosses, co-workers, and others file in and out of the hospital day after day hoping and praying for his vitals to remain stable enough to undergo additional scans. Without these scans, such as an MRI of his brain, we all remain in the dark as to the full extent of his brain damage and official prognosis.  Michael is 25 years young and until that day, was a perfectly happy and healthy young man. This accident could have happened to anyone, and still can.  Please consider signing this petition for the township to put a traffic light at this intersection and prevent the immense pain, anger and fear that Michael and his family are currently experiencing.

Marissa Giberson
35,239 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. House of Representatives, United States Department of Transportation

Demand Access to and Control of Your Car's Data

Cars today gather enormous amounts of data about the vehicle and its driver, including important maintenance and repair information. This valuable data helps drivers make smarter decisions about how to repair and maintain their cars. Most new cars are equipped with systems that wirelessly transmit this data.    So who has access to the data your car collects? Not you. Sign our petition to demand Congress give vehicle owners access to and control of the data generated from their own vehicle. By 2022, 87 percent of new vehicles in the United States will be equipped with wireless technology that transmits vehicle data in real time, according to IHS Markit forecasts. Currently, data transmitted wirelessly goes only to the automakers, giving them full control over how it is used and who to share it with. Without direct access to and control of this data, vehicle owners may face higher costs and have fewer options when it comes to who maintains and repairs their vehicles, restricting their ability to choose more affordable repair options. Access to and control of valuable vehicle data is the only way to ensure consumers have a choice in where they repair their vehicle. Vehicle owners deserve the right to direct where their vehicle data goes, so they can make their own choices.  Join the movement. Demand access to and control of your vehicle data. To learn more about your car and your data, visit our website. **If you are a Canadian Citizen/Resident and want to support this initiative in Canada, please sign the Canadian petition.

Auto Care Association and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)
29,875 supporters
Petitioning FAA, NTSB, United States Department of Transportation, U​.​S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, U​.​S. Department of State, Joseph R. Biden, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines

Allow Wheelchairs on Airplanes

Many wheelchair users, including me, absolutely love traveling but we can’t do it as often as we would like to and we can't travel to all the places we would like because flying is extremely difficult for us. As of now, wheelchair users are not allowed to stay in their wheelchairs while flying on an airplane. This means that when flying, a wheelchair user is required to abandon their wheelchair and transfer to a normal airplane seat, causing multiple concerns. First, the wheelchair has to be stored beneath the plane with the other luggage which puts it at great risk of being damaged. Also, the wheelchair is fitted to the user to ensure comfort and ease of pain, so sitting in a normal airplane seat could be painful and extremely uncomfortable. CLICK HERE to read an article that explains the risks of flying on a airplane for someone in a wheelchair. The reasons that wheelchair users are not allowed to stay in their wheelchairs while flying on an airplane is that they claim that it is too costly and inefficient. The technology is readily available and funding could be easily created in order to make this happen. CLICK HERE to read an article  that explains the technology and funding available. People with disabilities are just as normal as able bodied people and we deserve to be treated as such. We have the same right as everyone else to travel whenever and wherever we want. We also deserve to do this while being comfortable and pain free. High costs, difficulty, and inefficiency should not be excuses to neglect and discriminate against people with disabilities! Change needs to be made to make traveling more accessible! Please help make this change!

Zach Jorgensen
16,373 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Boris Johnson, Council of the European Union, United States Department of Transportation, Mitch McConnell, Pete Buttigieg, Joseph R. Biden, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio...

Provide an enforceable global protocol for "green channel" travel for seafarers

Mariners worldwide deliver 80% of trade and are crucial to the supply chain.  This has been enhanced and more important since COVID.   Normally at sea for around 8 months at a time many have been forced to spend 16 or more months at sea during COVID.  Countries have closed their borders, flights stopped and extremely taxing rules put in place for any travel.  This has placed an extraordinary strain on mental welfare of the mariners.  It has also put the safety of ships at risk.   Mariners at home have been unable to join ships, and have been unable to support their families.  In many ports they are denied health care.   Seafarers have worked on, governments have been blind and or ignorant to the plight of the seafarers.  This is despite the fact that almost anything you have in your home came on a ship at one time...  truckers and nurses did an amazing job like many others, but they all went home... seafarers did not... We must get the world leadership to create a protocol that sets out the right of seafarers to travel to and from ships without the onerous regulations for visas.  The industry will comply with vaccines and isolation but we must have a global enforceable protocol for the repatriation of mariners and health care in ports.

Frank Coles
13,107 supporters