Half-naked Kaimai luger must pay

The Tauranga teen who drove a luge cart half-naked down the Kaimai Range has been issued with two infringement notices totalling $750.

Travis Scott, 18, was videoed riding the luge at speeds of up to 80km/h down the section of SH29, which is widely considered to be a busy and dangerous stretch of road.

He told Newshub he did it after his friends dared him to.

"They said they'd buy me a slab of Diesels [alcohol] - so I did it."

The video shows the half-naked teen crossing the centre line and narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.

Afterwards Travis said he hadn't had any contact from police and wanted to take on the Bombay Hills as his next challenge.

However, police were not amused, and have issued notices for operating a vehicle in a manner likely to cause injury, which carries a penalty of $600, and driving on the wrong side no-passing lines, which has a penalty of $150.

Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said the incident was a reminder that all road users need to act responsibly.

"Regardless of what you're doing on the road, your actions can have an impact on other road users," he said.

"The last thing we want to have to do is knock on the doors of families to tell them that a loved one is not coming home, or has been seriously injured, due to a poor decision that results in a crash that could have been avoided.

"This incident could so easily have ended in tragedy and we are pleased that no-one was hurt."