Like we mentioned a few posts earlier, anything on treads is cool. Especially wheelchairs. Jim Starr shared the same sentiments toward his rugged outdoor wheelchair pictured below. (It was a Christmas gift!) In case you missed it, Jim can’t walk.
But that doesn’t curb his enthusiasm for the outdoors and quality time with the kids. So he uses a ruggedized transporter suitable for an off road environment and forest trails. He even got a license for it. Until his right to rawk on treads got rescinded by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The tank wheelchair—more like a cockpit with treads—was a gift from a caring friend who had it made by a US Company for 15,000 quid. Jim, who was reduced to a wheelchair by chronic pains and arthritis, wanted to use his Christmas present (and what a cool present it was) for afternoons with the kids in the beach. In fact, he’s already taken it to the beach.
Problem is, according to the DVLA guidelines, the 107cm wide and 220kg vehicle is already too large for classification as a ride for disabled people. It’s a tank sans a main gun, the reasoning goes.
So Jim, a landscape gardener by profession, cannot take his cockpit on treads outside, much less to the beach. It’s cool for use in private property though.
Can a tricked out lawnmower circumvent the rules?