Scooter ride could land action hero Chan in a new police story

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 March, 2006, 12:00am

Film star Jackie Chan could find himself on the wrong side of the law for driving an illegal two-wheeled scooter around the set of his latest movie.

Last night police were studying photos of the action movie icon riding a Segway Human Transporter at Cyberport in Pokfulam published in a tabloid magazine.

According to Oriental Sunday, Chan - who has previously acted as a traffic safety campaign spokesman for the authorities - was doing a location shoot of his new movie Project BB last Thursday when he jumped on the vehicle, to be used for scenes in the film, and started riding it around the area without a helmet. He was also seen taking a child actress for a ride on the two-wheel, battery-powered scooter invented by United States engineer Dean Kamen.

A Transport Department spokesman said under the Road Traffic Ordinance every vehicle used on any road (including private roads) must be registered and licensed.

'Members of the public who use the vehicle on the road are therefore required to register the vehicle ... and obtain a licence in advance. The driver shall also take out third party risk insurance, hold a valid motorcycle driving licence and wear a protective helmet made to the required specifications; otherwise, it will be an offence,' the spokesman said.

'On the other hand, as the design and construction of the vehicle fails to comply with the requirements of Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations, this Transport Department cannot register or license the vehicle. Hence, use of the vehicle on a road or private road in Hong Kong is prohibited.'

Neither Chan nor the film's producer, JCE Entertainment, could be reached for comment last night.

Although the vehicles are not legal in Hong Kong, they are popular in other cities. In Bangkok, they have been used by tourists and in Singapore police ride them on patrol at Changi airport.