Monday, January 24, 2011

UK road bureaucrats ban disabled man's tracked mobility vehicle


The Daily Mail reports on more "public servants" showing no common sense or compassion for a member of the public whom they allegedly serve:


Read the entire story here.
A disabled man's incredible tank-style wheelchair that lets him go on off-road adventures has been sidelined by officials because it is too big to use in public.
Jim Starr, 36, was hoping to use the hulking chair, which has caterpillar treads instead of wheels, to enjoy days out at the beach and the countryside with his children.
The Tank Chair is designed to move easily across multi-terrain and Jim, 36, has already driven it through snow, across sand and into the surf of his local beach...
It has a top speed of 8mph and runs on a 24 volt motor powered by a battery that is simply charged from a socket.
Jim hoped the chair would allow him more freedom to go outdoors with his wife Emma, son Leo, eight, and daughter Skye, four.

But although initial checks with the DVLA and police suggested he would be able to use the machine legally, it has emerged it is only permitted on private land.
Jim said: 'The whole idea of the chair was that I could go down to the beach with the kids.
'It is a fantastic machine and can take me anywhere I want to go. It has no limits.
'It is ridiculous that I should have found a chair that could help me do all that, then told I could use it, only for the authorities to turn around and say that if I used it on the roads I would be doing something illegal."

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