Petition to Theresa May MP, The Department for Transport, The Home Office
Make it a legal requirement to report cat's that are injured or killed on the road
Hundred's of thousands of animals are injured or killed on the roads every year. Currently it is illegal to run over a dog or an animal that is considered livestock and not report it within 24 hours. Dogs are protected by the Road Traffic Act 1998 which requires drivers to stop and give their details to the owner or if that is not possible, report the incident to the police – but no such law exists in the UK for cats. Why not cats? Understandably cats are free-roaming creatures and accidents do happen but the majority of drivers hit-and-run leaving what is probably somebody’s much loved pet in or at the side of the road. Make it so cats have an equal status with dogs and owners are found so they can seek medical attention or in the worst case, lay their pet to rest! To some a cat is “just a cat” but to others this animal is a child’s best friend. A member of the family. The only companion of an elderly person. On Friday the 27th of January 2017, my beautiful 10 month old cat Simba was hit and killed by a driver who was speeding down a residential road where we live. The driver hit-and-run. I was very fortunate that some lovely lady picked him up and brought him back to us. My 5 year old son and I are absolutely devastated as this could have been easily avoided had the driver been driving carefully down a street where many kids play out! But to not even stop and deal with the repercussions of their actions is disgusting. Since this has happened I have been inundated with stories from cat owners that have had to deal with the same heartbreak as we have. We were lucky. We got Simba back. But many people have had their cats missing for weeks, months and years, not knowing what’s happened, just fears that they may have been killed and disappeared. This needs to stop. Please. Make it so we cat owners can be notified and have closure instead of councils disposing of them like they are nothing. Many cats are micro-chipped now and could easily be returned home. Since starting this petition I have found that someone back in 2015 had the same idea as I did and started a petition the same as this one. Her name was also Christina and she amazingly racked up over 113,000 signatures which shows it can be done! She was doing it for the attention of her local MP/council but hasn't pursued it any higher although I have seen she is doing a new petition to make all councils scan domestic animals. I want the attention from our Prime Minister and Parliament and I will not stop until we get what we want. For it to be the law to report every incident involving cats. This is for the good of our furry felines and their doting owners. I have called what I am doing “Justice for Simba” due to the bad experience I have had and in memory of him, but I undoubtedly want justice for all cats and their families. I have created a Facebook page which you can like, read the full story and follow updates on this petition. It’s www.facebook.com/justiceforsimba We also have Twitter: @justiceforsimba Thank you for your on-going support and please like and share so we can get the result we want. I’m relying on your signatures to do so!
Petition to Devendra Fadnavis, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport and Highways Minister)
Mandatory Check at Liquor Serving Joints itself to discourage DRINK & DRIVE
When we go with family or friends at a bar and restaurant or go to a pub to get a drink and catch up with friends - because these places are made available to us legally - we dont go with the intention of getting drunk and to become a social menace. But problem arises when we think that we are not too drunk to drive. People usually leave by their own vehicles back home sometimes in groups or sometimes alone trying to evade cops by sneaking away through service roads or avoiding check points underestimating their ability to cause grievous injuries to someone or to even ones own self. Once on the road behind a wheel no one knows what will happen next. Its only destiny thereafter that takes over. The management of the pub or the Bar or the restaurant is well aware of your situation since they are the people serving drinks to you. If we can make it their prerogative to allow only those who are under the permissible limit to get behind the wheels and also ask them to encourage the drunk to board a taxi instead we can curb drink and drive cases to a large extent. And also by doing this we can avoid some corrupt cops who are more interested in filling their pockets rather than road safety. Once in the hands of the police one is completely unaware of their rights and is subject to unimaginable humiliation and wrong intimidation and also physical assault at times. The main purpose of the DONT DRINK & DRIVE is SAFETY. I believe along with the person who drinks it is also the responsibility of the people who serve it to assure road safety. With this step we can drastically bring down drink and drive cases as well as corruption related to the same at the initial level itself thus avoiding lots of bad blood. I urge you to support me in this solution or even suggest a solution to 'STOP DRINK AND DRIVE' at the initial level itself!
Petition to County Councillor Lisa Dymock
A footpath between Undy and Rogiet
We the undersigned call for incoming Councillors of Magor, Rogiet and Undy, once elected, to prepare and build a strong case for pedestrian improvements to the B4245. Many people in Undy and Rogiet would like to see a safe walkway where people can walk or cycle between the village of Undy and Rogiet. This would allow pedestrians to walk safely without walking on uneven grass verges. The benefits of this would: 1) Decrease isolation 2) Allow people to travel safely on foot and bicycles 3) Provide access to current public transport solutions such as Severn Tunnel Junction station. 4) Increase public health by providing a safe walking route. 5) More people becoming inclined to walk which may reduce traffic/carbon footprint. With many 'improvements' to the road network and the proposals for the M4 relief road, pedestrians are being forgotten about.
Petition to Hon. Phil Twyford MP, Hon. Julie Anne Genter MP
NZ Road Safety must include Horse Riders.
Horse riders are legal road users, but are not currently included in the national master plan for road safety "Safer Journeys". Our legislation is well behind other nations in recognizing the importance of sharing the roads . Our roads must be safe for all. Change current Road Legislation for horse riders, to at least match current Australian legislation, by: allow horses on shared paths. allow local authorities to create bridleways (walk-cycle-horse) on roads (they cannot under current law) Specifically allow horse riders on verges (current legislation is unclear), and if necessary for safety, on paths (as per current Australian legislation). Ensure that Councils and Road Authorities recognise the role that verges (unformed road surfaces) play in the safety of pedestrians and horse riders in rural areas. Set specific road speed 20kph (same as passing school buses) in road rules for passing horses (not a vague 'slow down'), or at least require drivers to follow hand-signals from riders. Injuring, or killing a ridden (or driven) horse must be an offence. Hitting a horse implies that the driver would have hit the person! It is not currently an offence to kill a ridden (or driven) horse. Road design, and road works (implementation) MUST make rural roads safe for walkers, cyclists AND HORSE RIDERS. This means: ensuring verges are safe for walkers, or horse riders. Verges are frequently destroyed by current road design standards/building; creating drains, culverts or putting obstacles on the verge such as barriers or signs (for vehicles) that endanger those who need to use the verges for their safety. speed limits that allow pedestrians, horses, and cycles in rural communities with no paths, and no road margin, to use the road safely. All road safety plans must recognise all road users on an even footing. Recognising that walkers, cyclists, AND HORSE RIDERS must have safe passage on our roads. Our rural roads must be safe for ALL to use. Please don't wait for the next horse to be killed, or rider injured. Sign Now
Petition to Gladys Berejiklian
Increase penalties for mobile phone use behind the wheel to match the danger it causes!
About two years ago I penned a letter that I sent to several organisations including my local member of federal parliament. This is a significantly updated and modified version following the recent 1200 fines issued in a single day in NSW for mobile phone use by drivers, and a police officer losing part of his leg as a result of someone using their mobile phone overnight. Whether you are within NSW or outside, please feel free to voice your thoughts and join the campaign! Dear Ms Berejiklian, It is time both Australia and NSW sent the following message: Drivers. It is time you make a choice, your license, or your mobile phone. We the undersigned stress the need for urgent consideration of the complete lack of deterrence existing penalties are providing to deter drivers from picking up their mobile phone while behind the wheel. I personally gave up riding a scooter in Sydney, despite the convenience, due to the unimaginable increase in mobile phone use by drivers in the last two years, to the point of significant risk to my life every time I got on the road. Discussions with others have revealed similar sentiments and experiences, and hence I pen this letter. We (the undersigned) therefore implore you to consider an immediate review of existing legislation with the view to investigate and consider the below suggestions. Such changes would be world-leading and communicate that NSW (and) Australia has a zero-tolerance policy for putting other road-users' lives at risk! The intent is to create a safer environment for all road users, especially those of the two-wheeled and two-legged variety. This problem has escalated far beyond epidemic proportions, and something needs to be done to protect children, the elderly, our cyclists and motorcyclists, our police force, and indeed everyone outside the metallic bubble driver's find themselves in. I propose the following because I truly believe, based on my observations, that these drivers are putting other lives at risk in a similar way (and sometimes worse) than drivers under the influence of alcohol. Such risk includes the blatantly apparent inattention, even when stopped at a set of lights, and I fear it is only a matter of time before a driver has their head down and misses a child running out in front of their car. Proposed changes for handheld mobile phone use in a stationary vehicle: We propose that the handheld use of a mobile phone in a stationary motor vehicle should carry an on-the-spot fine of $1,100, an immediate loss of six demerit points, and a maximum disqualification of three months for a first offence, with subsequent offences increasing the penalties accordingly. These changes stress the key objective: Drivers, it is time you make a choice, your license, or your mobile phone. Proposed changes for handheld mobile phone use in a moving vehicle: We propose that handheld use of a mobile phone in any motor vehicle that is in motion, should carry (at minimum) the same penalty as low range prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA - a.k.a. drink driving) with any necessary modifications to minimise the need for court appearances (i.e. on-the-spot fines for first-time offenders). The current penalty for low-range PCA/drink-driving in NSW is a maximum court imposed fine of $1,100, a minimum disqualification of 3 months, an automatic disqualification of 6 months. I further propose that any handheld mobile use in a moving vehicle in a school zone or with a child in the car, carry an immediate penalty equivalent to (at minimum) mid-range PCA/drink-driving. At this time mid-range PCA in NSW carries a maximum court imposed fine of $2,200, a maximum gaol term of 9 months, minimum disqualification of 6 months, unlimited maximum disqualification and an automatic disqualification of 12 months with an immediate license suspension. Again, the proposal stresses the key objective: Drivers, it is time you make a choice, your license, or your mobile phone. Ms Berejiklian, you may think this is harsh, but it is time people realised that this is seriously putting lives at risk, and drivers are gambling EVERY DAY with their lives and the lives of those around them. If you think gaol time is harsh, think of this, the person that picks up the phone, especially in a school zone, around children, is actively and consciously making a decision, whether they like it or not, that the lives around them do not matter, and they have no regard at all for them. For the in-school-zone proposals, I will add that this should be decided by on a case by case basis and the specific circumstances and not automatically imposed (just to be clear). However, the higher penalties should be made available in these circumstances for relevant cases of gross negligence. I strongly recommend if you think otherwise that you take a mere 2 minutes out of your day to view the following video in which Belgian learners were informed they had to pass a test of texting while driving safely in order to get their L's. Hopefully it will be an eye-opener for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbjSWDwJILs Ms Berejiklian, the current penalties are not working and are not a deterrent, Australia needs change, and NSW can lead the way, and hence we look to you for a solution. Drivers, it is time you make a choice, your license, or your mobile phone. We look forward to your response at your earliest convenience. Kind Regards,Stuart Ryan
Petition to North Lanarkshire Council
Traffic and speed management on The Loaning and Ladywell Road
We all know accident's happen but when accidents happen on the same section of road, knocking down the same wall time and time again you have to ask is there a problem. As a resident I can see the speed of cars flying along The Loaning, late at night I can hear the roar of them going down Ladywell Road or along The Loaning. Better yet I can feel my entire house shake. My fear is that at some point it want be a wall that is damaged it will be a person that is hurt. An innocent passers-by or a child playing in a garden. There is a need for some form of traffic management on Ladywell Road and The Loaning and it's time North Lanarkshire Council addressed this.
Petition to Highways England, Herefordshire Highways Authority
Safety Petition to prevent more serious accidents on A49
Safety petition A49 south of Hereford city (SO 50060 35852) 20.03.16. This petition aims to achieve changes to the signage and road layout on the A49, a road that has been the site of many accidents, injuries and fatalities throughout its whole length. Specifically this is a response to a serious accident that occurred on a stretch of road between the Grafton Garages and the relief road roundabout on Wednesday 16th March when a Landrover and sheep trailer hit the back of a car in which a mother and her child were trying to turn right into Norton Brook Lane. The trailer overturned onto the top of the car; another car was also involved in which the pregnant mother and child were thankfully unhurt, but the father suffered a serious leg fracture. He had to be cut out of his car. Norton Brook Lane is in constant use as it is the turn to a day nursery. Traffic needing to turn right into the lane are highly vulnerable as the turning is hidden, narrow and poorly signed, and cars that have gathered speed down the Callow Hill are often driving too fast to stop behind cars turning right. This problem has been present for many years and the recent accident has highlighted the danger of this stretch of road, and the fact that it is young children and babies who are regularly at risk. The petition will go to Highways England, local councillors and MPs, and the members of the Highways and Transport cabinet of Herefordshire Council. Your signature on this petition will help to improve the safety of everyone using this road and highlight the dangers of black spots on the A49. Following a major accident at this site on Wednesday 16th March 2016, we the undersigned request the following: 1. A 40 mph speed limit on the A49 from SO 50451 36583 to SO 49802 35447 2. The creation of a wide splay at the bottom of Norton Brook Lane to alert drivers on the A49 to the presence of this turning and make it clear why there are Reduce Speed signs. A wide splay would also improve visibility and leave more space for two cars or tractors to pass easily when one is entering and the other leaving. 3 Installation of school warning signs in both directions on the A49. 4. Improvement of the visibility of the Reduce Speed warning signs.
Petition to Councellor Andrew Davis
Petition for FREE town centre parking to reduce congestion on residential streets
Please help us reclaim our residential streets in Esher, Claygate and Elmbridge! Due to the high cost of parking in Elmbridge, people working in local shops and businesses are choosing to park their cars all-day, on nearby residential streets. This creates congestion and causes a risk to pedestrians and other road users. The levels of parking in residential roads in Esher, Claygate and Elmbridge has suddenly increased over the last few years. Cars, vans and construction vehicles are parked all-day, close to junctions and on both sides of the road, making the roads difficult to navigate and significantly increasing the risk of vehicular and pedestrian accidents, especially for children walking to and from school. Once quiet residential roads are now too dangerous for children to play out and ride their bikes. (Our road was, until recently, used by local schools for cycling proficiency lessons, but this has now stopped.) We are calling for Elmbridge Borough Council to take action and provide ADEQUATE, AFFORDABLE or FREE town-centre parking for all shop, school and business workers and implement a PARKING STRATEGY that REDUCES the parking and congestion burden on residential roads, to make our roads safe again. Providing free or low-cost parking for businesses in Elmbridge, will not only help residents, but will help boost the local economy, support the high-street and make the towns attractive to business. Elmbridge Residents - Please sign our petition so we can affect change that will make a difference to our community!