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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong drivers shocked to see man riding motorised tricycle along major roads

Mainland Chinese tourist wanted to visit Golden Bauhinia Square but was stopped and cautioned by police

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 9:51am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 10:53am

A disabled man from mainland China stunned road users in Hong Kong when he was seen riding a motorised tricycle along several major motorways in the city before being stopped by police.

The 29-year-old visitor, originally from Hebei province, was certified as disabled by mainland Chinese authorities.

In images and clips from dashboard cameras posted online on Tuesday afternoon, the man, who has a right leg disability, was seen riding his vehicle on the side of various motorways.

Internet users expressed amazement at him managing to travel such a distance without being stopped.

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The man reached Sha Tin after riding about 30km from the border.

After travelling along busy roads, including Fanling Highway and Tolo Highway, he stopped for lunch at a shopping centre and recharged the vehicle’s battery. He was reportedly trying to get to Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai for sightseeing.

When he continued his journey on Lion Rock Tunnel Road, tunnel workers were alerted and called police at about 4.30pm, six hours after he crossed the border. He was stopped at the nearby toll booths.

The man, a Shenzhen resident surnamed Gao, told officers he had crossed the border at Lok Ma Chau checkpoint on Tuesday for a two-day trip to the city.

He said he was allowed to use his vehicle on mainland Chinese roads and he did not realise this was not the case in Hong Kong.

Officers let him go with a verbal warning.

Gao told reporters he had trouble using public transport in the city, as his tricycle was not allowed. He thus decided to make the journey on his own.

He said he did not know Hong Kong well and relied on a navigation app on his phone.