Mana Coach Services have been asked by Glenside residents to educate their drivers to apply the road code when sharing the road with horses. The request came as a result of concerns raised by horse riders. Meredith Hegh of Newlands Paparangi Riding Club said that bus drivers do not seem to understand the rode code regarding horses and that the Club members report many near misses. At the Glenside Progressive Assn. meeting held on Thursday, 18 June, Mr Brent Blann, Service Quality Controller, Mana Coach Services, agreed to take the request back to the company to consider.
The official NZ Road Code from the Land Transport website states the following:
Sharing the road with horse riders
Please show courtesy when sharing the road with horse traffic. Horses can take fright easily, so adjust your driving as soon as you see horses on the road ahead of you.
Safe driving near horses
Slow down and pass carefully, giving the horse and rider plenty of room.
Don't sound your horn, rev your engine or pass at speed, as this could frighten the horse.
If the horse and rider are on a bridge or narrow road, be very careful – slow down or stop.
If the horse appears frightened, stop.
At night, dip your vehicle's headlights when approaching a horse.
Two vehicles should avoid passing near a horse.
Be careful around horse traffic. If you aren't, you could be charged with careless or dangerous driving.