"Under the road rules a horse is a vehicle ... and he didn't have a hands-free device fitted to the horse". John Foxx

Man riding horse stopped by police for using phone

A man using a mobile phone while horseriding has faced court - because he didn't have a hands-free device fitted to the animal.

The man was riding along a rural NSW road, travelling at an estimated speed of 10km/h and holding a mobile phone to his ear when police stopped him, the Tenterfield Star reports. 

When he later had the matter dealt with in Mudgee Local Court, Magistrate David Day said, "under the road rules a horse is a vehicle ... and he didn't have a hands-free device fitted to the horse".

While the defendant's solicitor submitted that the matter was "trivial", the 30-year-old man pleaded guilty to using a mobile phone while riding a horse "because he concedes that the horse was in motion".

In NSW, a 'vehicle' includes an animal-drawn vehicle, and an animal that is being ridden or drawing a vehicle, with a 'ride' defined as the rider of a motor bike or animal-drawn vehicle, includes to be in control of (NSW legislation, Road Rules 2014, Road Users and Vehicles).

 

News Corp Australia


Noosa Easter holiday renters egged on for $145k stay

Premium Content Noosa Easter holiday renters egged on for $145k stay

Coast house has been rented for an eye-watering $72,500 a week

Gympie police to ramp up patrols after horror 2020 road toll

Premium Content Gympie police to ramp up patrols after horror 2020 road toll

It’s been a horror year so far on Queensland roads, with 39 people dead in fatal...

‘Nowhere to go’: Grim future for Gympie park residents

Premium Content ‘Nowhere to go’: Grim future for Gympie park residents

The council closure of Gympie’s only caravan park has left the handful of people...