- 4 August 2016
- Transport / Logistics Services
New Zealand Post is to start using the Paxter electric delivery four wheeled vehicles in Auckland’s North Shore as a first stage of the roll out of the environmentally friendly vehicle across the country.
The Paxter vehicles will be used to deliver both parcels well as letter mail in and around residential districts of New Zealand’s larger towns and cities.
The first Paxters on the road were at the end of last month in Oamaru. The electric delivery vehicles are now being used on North Shore streets, with other areas to see them being used later this year.
As of earlier this week, the Paxsters will be used for deliveries in residential areas of Glenfield, Hillcrest, Bayview, Beach Haven, Birkenhead, Northcote, Northcote Point and Wairau Road.
“These vehicles are an investment in New Zealand Post’s future as we change the way we deliver to meet the growing demand for parcel deliveries,” said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Service Delivery. “They’re also environmentally friendly which is important to us and our customers.”
The Paxsters can carry up to 200kg of parcels and mail but are still small and nimble enough to be used on the footpath.
“Previous trials have shown these vehicles are safe to use on the footpath. Our drivers receive safety training, and they will give way to all other footpath users,” said Mark Stewart.
New Zealand Post remains in close contact with Auckland Transport and has been given permission to use the vehicles on the footpath in residential neighbourhoods. The Paxsters will not be used in major shopping areas.