Rules for some, Rules for others

Len Brown’s clipboard carrying jobsworths went to war against Sal’s Pizza and their Segway delivery method back in August:

Police have ordered Segways off the footpaths.

An Auckland pizza company said it was warned by police that its deliveries could no longer be made by riders on the two-wheeled vehicles.

Sal’s Pizza restaurant is one of at least two eateries that deliver around Auckland on Segways.

But yesterday the company said it had been told it faced fines or even a court hearing if it continued allowing the vehicles on footpaths.

“Last night we were contacted by Auckland police and told [effective immediately] to stop using Segways on city footpaths or face a fine and court hearing,” the company wrote on its website. “So, regrettably we will have to suspend all deliveries [with the exception of Takapuna] immediately and until further notice.”

The company has been using Segways for at least three years. Others who use them include the Original California Burrito Company, some real estate agents and Heart of the City ambassadors.

Auckland Transport says the vehicles are classified as motor vehicles so are illegal without registration, licensing and warrants of fitness.

The Police acted on a complaint from Auckland Transport.

A reader has just emailed in this photo of an Auckland Council Heart of the City Ambassador using their Segway on the footpaths.

Rules for council workers seem to be different than the rules for businesses that pay the rates that pay for the council workers.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.