Petition to Chris Grayling MP
Help us change the law so ALL minibus drivers must have passed the full D1 test & medical
This petition is essentially about the safety of children and their teachers where driving a minibus is concerned. It is complicated, but because of the current exceptions and confused interpretations of the law, schools are taking unintentional risks both physically and legally. We simply want the law changed so that ALL drivers of 8+ vehicles must hold the full D1 licence to drive a minibus which requires a medical, sight, theory & practical driving test, bringing us in line with the rest of Europe. The D1 licence laws were amended in 1997 (a change to the full D1, non-inherited category) after 12 children & their teacher died in a tragic minibus accident in 1993 but the UK made exceptions for volunteer drivers, social purposes and vehicles under certain weights, which where the confusion lies and safety is compromised. Castle Minibus wants to raise awareness of these issues and have the law changed so a full D1 licence for all drivers of 8+ passengers becomes a priority. Please help us by signing our petition so that no teacher becomes the legal test case as to whether they were a volunteer and driving for social purposes only. We want to clear the fog of the current guidelines and reassure, parents, teachers and governors that all drivers of 8+ passengers are suitabley trained and are driving the most appropriate vehicles. For more information visit http://www.castleminibus.co.uk/greater-than-8
Petition to Nitin Gadkari, Regional Transport Authorities in India
Fair assessment of Medical Fitness for Driving License Applicants
Under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, when one applies for a Driving License in India, one needs to fill Form 1 (RTO) for certifying medical fitness. A self declaration form it is signed "I hereby declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the particulars given above and the declarations made therein are true." Unfortunately as matters stand today, almost everyone who HONESTLY declares a disability or ailment is DEBARRED from getting a License. Almost all those who HIDE or MISREPRESENT their medical condition QUALIFY for getting a Driving License. We ask that the Transport Ministry of the Government of India put in place a TRANSPARENT system at par with International Practices, that will assess individuals and certify whether one:- Qualifies, Does not Qualify or Qualifies-with-Restrictions for a Driver's License. This will promote Honesty, Allow authorities to get factual data, Help people seek professional help for condition correction and in turn act a Big Step in making our Roads SAFER. It will also stop RTO officials from unlawfully denying a privilege or arbitrarily dismissing a driving license request from an honest applicant who suffers from any form of disability whether visual, muscular or any such. A report for The International Council of Ophthalmology with reference to Driving license requirements states:- In our society losing one’s right to a driving license means a major limitation of one’s independence and, a marked restriction in social contacts. Depending on the development and accessibility of public transport the consequences may vary tremendously from country to country, but in every case the decision to deny any person the right to drive must not be taken lightly.