New Zealand Post supports motorcycle safety in mail delivery
New Zealand Post said today it is serious about the safety of the public and its posties in the delivery of mail and fully supports Police messages about the dangers of riding mopeds on footpaths.
New Zealand Post General Manager Postal Delivery, Matt Riordan, said the company's comprehensive training programme for motorcycle posties had a sharp focus on compliance with the law.
He was responding to a Police Central District statement yesterday that increasing numbers of mopeds appear to be taking to the footpaths to make letterbox deliveries. Police are sending a clear message that this is not only illegal; it is endangering the safety of riders and pedestrians
Mr Riordan said safety was paramount in New Zealand Post's delivery operations and he agreed that moped use on footpaths posed a real risk of someone being seriously hurt.
"Most of our posties deliver mail on foot or by bicycle and can be at risk of others using motorbikes on footpaths," he said.
He noted that New Zealand Post itself uses motorcycle deliveries on about 150 longer or difficult-terrain routes across the country.
"Our comprehensive motorcycle training programme emphasises legal compliance, and includes intensive training under the guidance of a qualified motorbike trainer."
Motorcycle posties must enter each driveway from the road, and exit from the driveway. They are not allowed to take illegal shortcuts by riding their motorcycles along the footpath from one letterbox to another.
"We have zero tolerance for non-compliance and if we become aware of any of our motorbike posties riding on footpaths we take this up with them immediately," he said.
"Having said that, we don't have any current issues of this nature with our motorbike posties and we aren't aware of any concerns that the Police might have about our riders."
For more information:
Media Communications Manager
New Zealand Post
04 496 4566
027 453 9882