Date
22 May 2017
Driving an electric wheelchair on the street poses danger to life and limb. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
Driving an electric wheelchair on the street poses danger to life and limb. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Man drives electric wheelchair on busy street in Tsim Sha Tsui

It could be a hackneyed scene from a slapstick movie, but it happened in real life.

A man drove an electric wheelchair on a busy street in Tsim Sha Tsui on Monday night, disrupting the smooth flow of traffic.

The wheelchair was seen cruising along Chatham Road North, forcing vehicles behind it to slow down to avoid any accident, Apple Daily reported.

“I cannot believe it when I first saw it, and the most intriguing fact is that rear mirrors were even installed on the wheelchair,” said a motorbike rider surnamed Fan, who witnessed the incident.

The driver looked scared as he maneuvered his wheelchair down the road filled with huge vehicles running at full speed, said Fan, who had a camera installed on his helmet.

“Other drivers slowed down their cars, but they didn’t hit the horns in order not to scare him,” he said.

“If I were driving behind the wheelchair, I would have hit the hazard flasher,” Fan said, to alert the vehicles behind so they would slow down.

The Transport Department and the police stressed that electric or motorized wheelchairs are only allowed in pedestrian lanes, and any person who uses them on the road can be prosecuted under the Summary Offences Ordinance.

An electric wheelchair normally reaches the speed to 3 to 9 kilometers per hour, although it could be boosted to 30 km per hour through modification of its engine and body. 

Unlike cars, there is usually no insurance coverage for wheelchairs in case of accident.

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