Teen boss cops mower road ban
A 14-year-old who made more than $100,000 last year has had to hire a driver after being dobbed in for riding his lawnmower to jobs.
A young Cromwell entrepreneur who runs a garden maintenance company has been banned from riding his lawnmower to jobs.
Johnny O’Neill, 14, set up his business J C O’Neill Contracting , in 2017 and until recently had been driving to jobs around the small Central Otago township on his ride-on 780cc lawnmower.
However, he has been forced to employ a driver to take him to jobs or tow the mower behind his bike after he received a written warning not to drive the mower.
‘‘Police called and said I needed to come in and have a chat about the rideon mower because someone had complained ... It is too big and apparently has too much power.’’
The mower, powered by hydrostatic transmission, travelled up to 5kmh towing a trailer with equipment, and would be lucky to get to 10kmh downhill, he said.
‘‘It is not exactly going fast ... I would class it safer than a push bike.
‘‘Police called and said I needed to come in and have a chat about the ride-on mower because someone had complained.’’ Johnny O’Neill