Date
29 March 2017
This is the photo that is creating a firestorm on social media. Is he on a tricycle or a wheelchair? Photo: internet
This is the photo that is creating a firestorm on social media. Is he on a tricycle or a wheelchair? Photo: internet

Red ‘Ferrari’ takes MTR handicap access to the next level

Is it a wheelchair or a glorified tricycle with a luxury badge?

MTR staff decided it’s a disabled transporter allowed under the rail operator’s regulations.

But netizens are still fired up over the red “Ferrari” three-wheeler after photos of it went viral on the internet.

Sing Tao Daily is reporting spirited online discussions, largely split halfway, on whether the vehicle should be allowed on the MTR.

But apparently, its unnamed owner, a heavyset foreigner, is blissfully unaware of the online storm and the borderline decisions inspired by his vehicle, except for an instance when MTR staff hesitated to let him past the turnstiles.

He was ultimately allowed into the platform and onto the train, no doubt after staff opened their operating manual and tried to fit the luxury transporter into the official definition of a wheelchair.

It does look like one.

It even has a grammatically challenged “Disable Scooter for Handicap Person” sticker on it.

And it came with paperwork to back its provenance which its owner showed to the police when he was stopped in Tsim Sha Tsui outside Chungking Mansions.

One thing though — the man is not disabled. He was up on his feet while trying to explain the situation to the police. 

No word if the man was ticketed for a traffic violation or some such offense. 

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An MTR attendant questions a disabled foreigner about his unusual transporter. The "Ferrari" tricycle was eventually allowed into the platform after it was classified as a wheelchair. Photo: Facebook


A sticker at the back of the vehicle says "Disable Scooter for Handicap Person". At right the man, who turns out not to be physically disabled, is confronted by police officers. Photo: internet


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