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.

The Press - - Front Page - Jo McKen­zie-Mclean jo­hanna.mcken­ziem­[email protected]

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

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