For some time now we have been discussing some possible changes to the rules regarding the operation of Lasham’s John Deere Gators. The gators are all capable of doing around 20mph and are therefore capable of causing damage and injury if not used correctly. Each Gator cost the club around £9000 so it will be expensive if we break them. We are intending to preserve the gators, as well as make their operation as safe as possible.
At this point in time we have come to the decision that we will no longer be allowing people to ride in the back of any of the gators. The only exception to this rule is that a sensible number of people will still be allowed to ride in the back of the gators providing the driver is an instructor. Other than stated above, there are no exceptions to this rule, and we would request that you do not attempt to ride in the back of any of the gators for any reason.
We would also like to remind you that the primary purpose of the gators is for towing/retrieving gliders and they must be kept available for this purpose. Any other use requires specific permission from the launch point controller or the duty instructor. We would also like to make it clear that the four seat gator was purchased by the club specifically for the purpose of moving air experience students and their guests between the launch point and the clubhouse. Although it can be used for towing gliders, it should be used as a last resort, and only if all of the other gators are in use.
Please remember that the gators are to be used sensibly and therefore we do not want to see people performing sharp turns or attempting to slide them.
These new rules apply to all members of LGS aged under 21. This encompasses the Lasham Youth Group, university students and visitors to Lasham. Please ensure everyone is aware of these new rules, and please respect them.
Dave Bowtell (Youth Group Leader)