Two injured in scooter collision

Local | Charlotte Luo 28 Oct 2019

A 35-year-old man is in critical condition after his electric scooter collided with a bike in Tseung Kwan O on Saturday night.

The accident happened shortly after 11pm on Saturday.

The man, surnamed Wong, was riding a motorized scooter, suspected to be illegal, along a cycling lane in Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park when he lost control and hit a bike heading in the same direction.

Wong fell on to the ground, unconscious, with injuries to his head.

He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and remained in critical condition yesterday.

The cyclist, surnamed Lee, 35, suffered injuries to his hands and legs. He refused to go to hospital.

Despite the accident, several youngsters were seen riding bikes and electric scooters on the same cycling lane in Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park, where there are lampposts on the side of the land, at around midnight.

The Road Traffic Ordinance defines "motor vehicle" as any mechanically propelled "vehicle" whereas "vehicle" generally means any vehicle, whether or not mechanically propelled, which is constructed or adapted for use on roads.

According to the Transport Department, all mobility devices currently available on the market, including electric scooters, mini-motor cycles, electric bicycles, and electric unicycles, are mechanically propelled and are thus "motor vehicles."

The department had earlier said it would not issue licenses for electric bicycles nor allow registration.

The maximum penalty for those using mobility devices illegally is 12 months imprisonment and a HK$10,000 fine.

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