Golf Carts Buzzing Texoma, Delivering Packages - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Golf Carts Buzzing Texoma, Delivering Packages

With millions of gifts sent for the holidays, delivery companies are trying new ways of being efficient. In several cities around Texoma, UPS is taking advantage of golf carts to deliver packages.

The Wichita Falls City Council voted to allow a waiver of a city ordinance that permits delivery companies to use the carts. City Attorney Miles Risley said Texas State Statues allow carts on roads with speed limits 35 miles per hour and under, provided the carts have several safety features.

Officials in Burkburnett say they welcome the carts on the streets. City Manager Tim James tells Newschannel 6 that Burk PD has had no complaints about the carts.

The carts – that have a distinct "weed-eater" like sound, are catching the eyes and ears of residents. "They just look like an enlarged golf cart. They can carry a lot more packages on the back, they can get around faster and I think its more economical gas wise than the big brown trucks when you make stops," observed Burk resident Maria Hickey.  

She worries about the safety of the carts. "They are harder to see, but you can hear them," she said. 

Newschannel 6 had to press UPS officials for information about the program. On our first request, the company declined to talk about the carts. "While we appreciate your interest, for reasons related to maintaining the security of our deliveries, we don't want to raise the public's awareness of this practice," wrote Mark Dickens with UPS Public Relations.  

After another request, Dickens wrote:  

We are always exploring ways to improve our efficiency and reduce our environmental impact. We have found that in some residential neighborhoods, depending on the flow of holiday package volume, it makes sense to bring a neighborhood's packages to a central collection point and then deploy helpers in golf carts or bicycles to make the actual deliveries. Such an approach obviously reduces the presence of delivery trucks moving up and down neighborhood streets while ensuring UPS can deliver everyone's holiday shipments as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

We do, however, have some concerns about the potential for increased package theft during our busiest time of year, which is why we aren't proactively seeking media attention about this. Obviously you're free to pursue the story, but I hope you can understand why we feel it is potentially counterproductive to our customers living in these neighborhoods.

-----

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

    Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

    Saturday, June 16 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-06-16 16:19:01 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:24:28 GMT

    Some private investigators and genealogy experts want to use the same DNA-tracking system that identified the suspected Golden State Killer to solve decades-old murder and missing-person cases.

    Some private investigators and genealogy experts want to use the same DNA-tracking system that identified the suspected Golden State Killer to solve decades-old murder and missing-person cases.

  • Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts

    Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-06-18 14:40:07 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:23:38 GMT
    The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party. (Source: CNN)The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party. (Source: CNN)

    The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party.

    The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party.

  • Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

    Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

    Monday, June 18 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-06-18 18:40:23 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:23:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray wait to testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI's Clinton email probe and the role ...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray wait to testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI's Clinton email probe and the role ...
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has a "serious credibility problem.".
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has a "serious credibility problem.".
Powered by Frankly