God Forbid Practicality Beats out Bureaucracy!
Since cool kids first chopped Harley’s after WWII or turned grandpas Model T into a street rod there has been a world wide industry in after market customization. Since cable tv invented the reality show we have made these people icons. Orange County Choppers, Jesse James at West Coast Choppers, just to name 2 in the motorcycle world, their motto is “if it doesnt make you go faster or stop quicker its not necessary.”
Practical people have long been jacking up 4×4’s for off road or as in my old neighbourhood there was always some engine master in a back yard that could turn any family car into a sub 10-second monster, all wonderful until you do it to a wheelchair.
The gentleman in this story: http://www.news.com.au/technology/authority-says-tank-style-wheelchair-not-for-the-road/story-e6frfro0-1225991855572 from England, like many Americans on the East Coast has to suffer many months of snow and ice making life unbearable even for the most able bodied. As a person who spent the last 5 years suffering New York winters in a wheelchair, I can tell you unless you bravely go where the guy in the story went, life ends for the wheelchair bound in snow communities until the first thaw.
What is it England? Someone rocked the boat and said enough is enough? Did he demand as normal life as his neighbour?. If someone wants to shop or god forbid earn a living during winter but happens to be in a wheelchair is their a problem?, was that too much for you to wrap your mind around. Necessity being the mother of invention, this guy replaced, as I can attest to a useless mobility scooter set of wheels with practical caterpillar tracts but the council in his area called it a tank. The weird thing is they don’t mind if you own a tank, just dont dare take the tracts off one and put them on a disabled vehicle. Hey mr mayor its not like he mounted machine guns on the side.
Well I say this is a clear case of DISABLED ACCESS DENIED ! This world runs on legal precedent and so I’m afraid the goverment in his area may have a problem. See if you refuse his snow scooter for having after market changes or being custom built you must refuse the next Harley or enthusiast that replaces their aging jag motor with 350 chev for the same reasons you refused him. The list go’s on. If we live in a world where there are laws for the able bodied and less rights for the disabled then we may as well tear up the American Constitution, the civil rights bill,the Australian laws and anything written since the Magna Carta.
If you want us to stay out of sight locked in our homes have the chutzpah to say so, but dont hide behind draconian vehicle laws. We pay taxes, we own homes, we breathe the same air and we demand the same rights. So to the man in England, I say keep fighting. Just one question, can you build me one?