golf cart driving though pedestrian sign

Sneaky smaller Vehicles

Infrastructure tries to segregate “incompatible” forms of transport in the interests of safety, we are all familiar with footpaths along roads, while bicycle paths and lanes are becoming more common as a further division. As transport evolves vehicles fall between the neat categories and require clarification as was seen with skateboards and scooters being given the entirely new title of “wheeled recreational device” in Australia grouped with pedestrians but requiring scooter riders to wear helmets.

But in the other direction are small motor vehicles, which are clearly not similar to human powered transport.

golf cart driving though pedestrian sign

Complete with the sign in the background denoting a shared path across public land which the driver of this vehicle routinely ignores. Travelling from a large shared path to another with no roads involved they fail to meet the exceptions for driving across a path:

(1) A driver (except the rider of a bicycle) must not drive on a path, unless subrule (2) or (3) applies to the driver.
Penalty: 3 penalty units.

(2) A driver may drive on a path if the driver is
(a) driving on a part of the path indicated by information on or with a traffic control device as a part where vehicles may drive; or
(b) driving on the path to enter or leave, by the shortest practicable route, a road related area or adjacent land and there is not a part of the path indicated by information on or with a traffic control device as a part where vehicles may drive.

(3) A driver may drive a motorised wheelchair on a path if
(a) the unladen mass of the wheelchair is not over 110 kilograms; and
(b) the wheelchair is not travelling over 10 kilometres per hour; and
(c) because of the driver’s physical condition, the driver has a reasonable need to use a wheelchair.

(4) A driver on a path (except the rider of a bicycle, or a driver driving on the path to enter a road from a road related area or adjacent land, or to enter a road related area or adjacent land from a road) must give way to all other road users, and to animals, on the path.
Penalty: 5 penalty units.

And then continue their merry adventure by failing to be considerate or give way to other users:

All while driving an unregistered vehicle, which if it were to be driven on the roads could incur much higher penalties. Instead the operator placed a custom placard in the location advertising their business:

Golf cart without registration plate

The council and their contractors operate similar vehicles throughout the city and public spaces such as parks like these, but register their vehicles and operate them with care. Yet when contacting the police about this example of dangerous use of an unregistered vehicle they were entirely uninterested in responding, only once they had established that this was not the first time this occurred, and that the driver failed to give way, they said they might attempt to contact the operator by phone. It is unsure the phone call was ever made as this operator continues to drive their unregistered vehicle without need across public land.

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