Bylaw would protect riders

April fools!! So be honest, how many of your guys fell for it?

Trucks, buses, cars and motorcycles must have them — and now the Dunedin City Council is considering a new bylaw making brake-lights and indicators compulsory for horses ridden on roads.

The city had an extensive rural road network, used by hundreds of horse riders, whom the council had a responsibility to keep safe, a DCC equine spokeswoman said.

Jayne Beattie tests the proposed  equine ‘‘tail-lights’’ on North Rd. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery.
Jayne Beattie tests the proposed equine ‘‘tail-lights’’ on North Rd. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery.

In the first year, the council would subsidise the cost of tail-lights for horse owners who could provide evidence of financial hardship, after being saddled with the additional expense.

"The tail board will also have room for new riders to display a learner plate warning motorists to exercise extra caution," she said.

Unlike a recent bylaw proposal limiting horse access on beaches to a fine line between the dunes and high tide mark, which set nostrils flaring, Dunedin horse riders spoken to supported the latest initiative.

"The safety of our horses and riders is paramount. There has been millions spent recently to  safeguard cyclists.  Horse riders are vulnerable road users as well," one rider said.

Ratepayers wishing to comment on the proposed bylaw will need to contact the DCC before noon today.

Comments

Thank god today is the 1st of April ;)

really! I think this is an april fools day joke

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