49 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Help victims of attacks on transport seek justice by keeping CCTV for 30 days

I was racially assaulted on the 24 bus in London in March. I was punched severely on the right side of my body and had abuse shouted at me for being an African-Caribbean woman. No witnesses stepped in to my aid or checked if I was okay. The driver simply closed the doors as my attacker fled. Since it happened I have tried to get justice. But because of a bus company policy the CCTV footage has been destroyed and I have been left with no evidence and no way for the police to find my attacker.Straight after the incident I panically reported it to 101 via an online form, noted the bus number, location, and my Oyster card. 3 days later, I was assigned an officer to handle my case. Unfortunately they made a mistake taking down the details of my case. It meant that the CCTV footage was requested wrongly, delaying the process.It turns out transport companies set their own timeframes for authorities and individuals to collect their CCTV footage. In my case on an Metroline bus, only 10 days was given to retrieve footage. By the time, the police error was realised, the timeframe was missed and the footage had been lost.Without this, I’ve been left with no case. No way to get justice. Only a shoulder injury which I may require physiotherapy for and the knowledge that my attacker is still present near my place of work.Even if there hadn’t been an error, a timeframe like 10 days is not enough. Giving victims such a small window to come forward, given emotional or physical trauma they may face, gives barely any time for recovery. It shouldn't be a choice between recovery and justice. And as paying customers of these networks, we need to be ensured that we are safe.I’m calling on the Transport Minister to make big transport companies across the UK - like Arriva, Stagecoach, Metroline and London Underground store CCTV footage for 30 days.Limits like these mean communities especially BAME communities lose faith in their local police forces when justice does not prevail. Police forces too are left powerless to gather the evidence needed. I hope this petition will assist the many other victims of violence to secure justice.

Makedah Simpson
146,681 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Kit Malthouse MP, James Brokenshire, MP

Save homeowners from financial ruin. Ensure the right parties pay in the Cladding Scandal.

As a young couple in London, we were so excited when we managed to achieve our dream, and get on the property ladder in 2015. Fast forward to 2018, and our dream has turned into a nightmare. In January, we learned our building is covered in ACM cladding, similar to that on Grenfell Tower, where 71 people died in a tragic fire. Our home, we soon understood, could go up in flames just as quickly. What’s more, in order to make it safe, we were being asked to pay for the removal and replacement of the dangerous cladding, at a cost of nearly £40,000 per flat. Cladding that had been chosen and implemented by building owners and developers. It’s hard to know what to worry about more - the risk to our lives, or the financial ruin we face to fix it.We are not alone. Across the country, nearly 300 tower blocks are affected, and thousands of real people face bankruptcy. The Government have said they believe building owners and developers have a moral responsibility to ‘do the right thing’ and cover the costs of their mistakes. But they are being ignored by developers such as Durkan and Lendlease UK. We urge Secretary of State James Brokenshire, the Housing Minister Kit Malthouse and their Government teams to enforce this and take innocent leaseholders out of the financial firing line. We ask you to support this petition to help us achieve this - because we firmly believe that Leaseholders deserve to live without fear of sacrificing their financial futures just to sleep safe at home every night.  

Ellie Brown
114,117 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mike Brown

Prevent bus companies from bullying drivers

Bus companies profit from operating mileage Because of the competition among bus operators bus drivers often are bullied:  When requesting to take a toilet break When driving under speed limits When we have a faulty bus When assisting passengers When raising a safety concern When running late in service When with a cold/hot bus The above list is not exhaustive.  It is unacepptable that a bus drivers' have to put up with bullying language and forms of intimidation by the bus companies. Usually threatened in the cab or victimised at work in a dark corner. The threats are usually failure of probation, termination of employment contract,  limit chance of promotion in the structures of the company and finishing late.  Bus drivers often find themselves being called "trouble maker" for acting in the interest of safety.  We call on the TfL to investigate all bus operators.  Hold bus operators accountable by ensuring all the recommendations in the driven to distraction report are adhered to by TfL and it's Bus Operators.   All radio communications are observed independetly by an independent organisation between bus driver and the bus operator. We would like an audit carried out on the calls regularly and randomly to ensure bus drivers are not bullied.  Implement professional radio protocol to bus drivers with language that are not deemed to be pressuring or intimidating.  There have been far too many injuries and deaths bus related and accidents due to the bullying culture from Bus companies. By law the public, police, trade associations and a trade union can object the renewal of a bus operators license. Thus this petition falls under the category as public and trade union as bus workers in London are members of UNITE the Union.  There are 25,000 bus workers in London and we aim to reach all passengers, public and bus drivers themselves calling for change.  This petition was sent to office of the traffic commissioner and as they have failed to take action we are now sending this to the TfL.     

Muhsin (Moe) Manir
2,770 supporters