View Paxsters with caution

LETTER

NZ Post is pouring money into convincing local councillors that Paxster vehicles driving on footpaths is somehow safe. Unfortunately for us pedestrians, what NZ Post says seems to be accepted by the powers-that-be without any independent evidence. Our children, disabled and older folks will bear the cost of these decisions by not venturing out as often as they might like.

Footpaths are made for pedestrians and there is no good reason to change that. Posties won’t be grinning for long either as their jobs disappear. And then how long will it be before they speed along the footpaths?

The Road Controlling Authorities working group looking at this issue advises caution in allowing these large golf carts, some with trailers, on to the footpath. This is the only independent review of this business proposal, perhaps we should listen to them.

Ellen Blake, Wellington

Footnote from an NZ Post spokeswoman:

We’d like to reassure your correspondent and your readers that New Zealand Post is always extremely conscious of public safety. This applies equally to Paxsters as it does to all the modes of transport we use.

Paxsters are only used on footpaths in suitable residential areas and only after we’ve gained approval from local councils and transport authorities. We must always adhere to their requirements for safe operation and managing the impact on other footpath or road users. In areas with lots of pedestrians, such as the Gisborne central business district, the vehicles will not be used.

Our extensive tests, trials and deployment across a dozen branches so far have shown these vehicles are safe to use on the footpath. Our drivers receive comprehensive safety training, and they will give way to all other footpath users such as pedestrians and mobility scooters, including pulling into a driveway or going on to the road if necessary.

NZ Post is pouring money into convincing local councillors that Paxster vehicles driving on footpaths is somehow safe. Unfortunately for us pedestrians, what NZ Post says seems to be accepted by the powers-that-be without any independent evidence. Our children, disabled and older folks will bear the cost of these decisions by not venturing out as often as they might like.

Footpaths are made for pedestrians and there is no good reason to change that. Posties won’t be grinning for long either as their jobs disappear. And then how long will it be before they speed along the footpaths?

The Road Controlling Authorities working group looking at this issue advises caution in allowing these large golf carts, some with trailers, on to the footpath. This is the only independent review of this business proposal, perhaps we should listen to them.

Ellen Blake, Wellington

Footnote from an NZ Post spokeswoman:

We’d like to reassure your correspondent and your readers that New Zealand Post is always extremely conscious of public safety. This applies equally to Paxsters as it does to all the modes of transport we use.

Paxsters are only used on footpaths in suitable residential areas and only after we’ve gained approval from local councils and transport authorities. We must always adhere to their requirements for safe operation and managing the impact on other footpath or road users. In areas with lots of pedestrians, such as the Gisborne central business district, the vehicles will not be used.

Our extensive tests, trials and deployment across a dozen branches so far have shown these vehicles are safe to use on the footpath. Our drivers receive comprehensive safety training, and they will give way to all other footpath users such as pedestrians and mobility scooters, including pulling into a driveway or going on to the road if necessary.

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Merv Patterson - 8 days ago
What happens when one of these contraptions hits my young children riding their bikes around a blind corner! Keep them off our footpaths - these things are an accident waiting to happen.
And what about the wear and tear on the footpaths over time? Will my rates money be diverted into constant footpath repairs now?!