How a postman was busted by police for riding his bike on the FOOTPATH
Could this change the way is delivered in Australia forever?
Here’s what happened:
- Postie was fined for riding his bike on the foothpath delivering mail
- ‘I just told him straight out: “if I can’t ride on the footpath, I can’t do my job’
- THEN the police officer fined him for parking his bike on path outside post office
- Cop argued the postman could not show him an Australia Post identity card
- ‘The bike was loaded with mail, you’d think that’d be enough,’ said post office
- A magistrate dismissed the two offences at Wyong Local Court last week
A police officer fined postman Michael Jackson for riding his motorbike on the footpath – in a move slammed as ‘absolutely ridiculous’
The Postman Fined
An ‘arrogant’ policeman has fined a postman for riding his motorbike on the footpath in a move slammed as ‘absolutely ridiculous’.
Mick Jackson was delivering mail in Mannering Park, on the New South Wales Central Coast, last December when the officer stopped him.
It was just three days before Christmas but the cop clearly had little festive spirit on hand – bizarrely booking Mr Jackson for the offence of ‘drive on footpath’.
‘I just told him straight out: “if I can’t ride on the footpath, I can’t do my job,’ Mr Jackson said.
Falling on Deaf Ears
He was riding a traditional Australia Post red motorbike, wearing his regulation hi-vis and carrying mail and parcels at the time. But his argument fell on deaf ears.
The officer even followed him back to the post office and fined him a second time for parking his bike on the footpath outside.
The $330 fine for the path-driving offence arrived in the post a month later.
Mr Jackson warned that the police officer’s actions could ‘affect all posties’.
‘Australia Post has been around for a long time and they ride on the footpath, unfortunately,’ he said.
‘What choice do you have?
‘The letterbox ain’t on the on the side of the road like they are overseas, so you just don’t have a choice.’
Mr Jackson was wearing his regulation helmet, hi-vis and riding an Australia Post bike at the time (stock photo)
Daily Mail Australia understands police justified issuing fines because neither the contractor or post office provided the officer with formal identification.
But Mannering Park post office licensee Kristina Budden said the office did not have identity cards for its delivery men.
‘The bike was loaded with mail, you’d think that’d be enough,’ she said.
Mr Jackson, a casual staffer, took the matter to court and the offences of ‘drive on footpath’ and ‘stop on path/in built up area’ were dismissed by Magistrate Peter Feather last Monday.
‘It was a win for common sense,’ said his solicitor, Doug Eaton from Effective Legal Solutions.
The offences against Mr Jackson were dismissed on Monday – six months after the fines were issued
Magistrate Feather told the court the police officer must have been having a ‘bad day’.
Mr Jackson was contracted as an Australia Post licensee. An Australia Post spokesman said contractors and employees have the same right to drive on the footpath.
A NSW Police Force spokeswoman declined to comment.
This article was first published here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5881747/Australia-Post-Outrage-cop-fines-postman-riding-bike-footpath.html
Postal bikes have long been a familiar sight on footpaths throughout Australia. The rules vary slightly from state to state.
Under New South Wales law, the drivers of postal vehicles are exempt from laws banning driving on a path, provided:
‘1. the vehicle is a motor bike having an engine capacity of no more than 110 millilitres, and
2. the vehicle is being driven at a speed not exceeding 10 kilometres per hour.’
Mr Jackson was riding a regulation Honda CT110 at the time he was pulled over.
Daily Mail Australia understands the police officer later claimed he was riding too fast, which Mr Jackson disputed, claiming he had gone ‘three metres’.
He was also fined for failing to clip up his helmet.
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