Roller-blades outside the law

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 July, 1997, 12:00am

I refer to the letter from John Ho headlined, 'Dangerous' (South China Morning Post, June 12).

According to the Road Traffic Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation, a bicycle means a vehicle with two wheels designed and constructed to be propelled by the use of pedals. Roller-blades and roller-skates do not fall within this category.

At present, there is no specific control on them because they are not classified as vehicles under the Road Traffic Ordinance. The 'No Cyclists' traffic sign does not apply to these types of recreational devices.

We are equally concerned about this problem and will closely monitor the situation. When necessary, we shall consider taking action to control the use of such devices on public roads.

CHENG HUNG-LEUNG for Commissioner for Transport