Date
25 May 2017
A video shows a man using an unlicensed electric unicycle (inset) on a road in Hong Kong Sunday, causing panic among motorists. Credit: Apple Daily,   selfbalancingelectricunicycle.com
A video shows a man using an unlicensed electric unicycle (inset) on a road in Hong Kong Sunday, causing panic among motorists. Credit: Apple Daily, selfbalancingelectricunicycle.com

Electric unicycle rider sends motorists into tizzy

A middle-aged man was caught on video riding a self-balancing electric unicycle on a busy street in Yau Ma Tei on Sunday while using a smartphone at the same time. 

A passerby who gave his surname as Tong said he captured the footage as he was shocked to see the man use an electric unicycle during heavy traffic near the intersection of Lai Cheung Road and Ferry Street, Apple Daily reported.

Tong, who was traveling in a car with his family members, said the unicycler caused problems to several motorists. 

He darted through traffic crazily, often blocking other vehicles all of a sudden and prompting motorists to honk their horns. On one occasion, a taxi almost hit the man. 

Tong said it was the first time he saw a unicycle on a busy street. From what he witnessed, he was convinced that such vehicles pose a danger to the riders as well as other motorists.

Albert Luk Wai-hung, a well-known barrister, said the unicycle filmed was an electric vehicle and that it is illegal to operate such equipment without a license from the Transport Department.

Offenders could face charges of driving without a proper license and third-party insurance protection, and could be fined HK$10,000 and jailed for up to 12 months, he said.

Electric unicycles were first launched in the US in 2011. The machines could hit a top speed of 16 kilometers per hour and it can travel 40km with a single full charge.

Riders can accelerate easily by leaning their body weight forward. Given their novelty, the vehicles have gaining increasing popularity in mainland China and Taiwan in recent years.

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