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December 19, 2007

Albany - - UPS is trying to speed up deliveries by using golf carts in some Albany neighborhoods. We showed you the video Tuesday. Well, that might be efficient, but it's not legal. Police say the company could face the consequences if it puts golf carts on the roads without necessary permits. 

If you weren't familiar with the Albany city ordinance, just ask Thomas Miles.

"I wanted to do something different for downtown Albany," Miles says.

Four years ago, he started a coach service providing tours of downtown Albany on a golf cart. It was successful. Albany Tomorrow even praised him for coming up with the idea.

"They issued me a business licence and I thought that's all I needed."

But turns out, he got two tickets for driving his golf cart on the road.

"They told me I had to get a million dollar insurance policy, I had to have lights, turn signals, break lights, turn signals, break lights, tail light, a fire extinguisher, first aid kit."

After investing the money, he still met criticism.

"I had to establish a route with the city that I would take my customers on and I tried to stay on the path and I did but I was accused by certain officers of getting off my path."

It caused him to give it up.

During this busy holiday season, UPS is using golf courts to help deliver packages quicker in some neighborhoods like Doublegate.

"Why can big business come along and do what they do without any type of ordinance or enforcement?" he asked.

We took Miles question to Albany's police chief.

"First of all is it indeed illegal to ride a golf course along the street?" we asked Chief James Younger.

"It is. Outside the business district, it is illegal," Chief Younger said.

He told us he had just heard about the UPS golf cart concept, and he says it won't stand.

"Our interim captain for the uniform division is going to be speaking to UPS management to reinforce what the law is so hopefully we can resolve this issue," he said.

If not, Younger says the company will be cited. Miles says he hopes so.

"Big business can come to Albany and break the law when a small proprietor like myself trying to do the right thing," he said.

Younger says the enforcement policy is to provide a warning before citing golf car violators. He expects the company to comply after one of his majors speaks with them.

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