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THE rights of disabled people to drive cars have been highlighted in online discussions of a draft amendment to China's driving license.

According to a report issued by the People's Daily Website, many netizens disagreed with the police that the disabled should drive "cars specially made for the disabled."

"Some argued that the number of disabled drivers would not be large and specially making cars for them would lead to higher costs for car makers - which would, in turn, increase prices for everyone," the report said.

The Ministry of Public Security issued the draft amendment of driving license regulations to solicit public opinions on July 9.

The draft included new measures to allow more disabled people to have driving licenses, including those with hearing loss.

Netizens preferred cars "equipped with driving assistance devices," the report said. This means disabled people could drive any car fitted with such devices instead of only a certain kind of car.

The draft regulation also bans non-disabled drivers from driving cars specially made for the disabled.

"Netizens argued that this may stop family members from driving the cars, so families of the disabled may have to buy another car," the report said.

At a forum on the Website, there were more than 1,000 posts about the draft amendment.

"Great news! Us deaf people are finally allowed to drive," said one.

According to the draft, those with poor hearing can apply for licenses if they wear hearing aids and pass hearing tests.

In the draft, those with disabled right leg or both legs are also allowed to sit behind the wheel, but must pass health examinations. The present regulation only allows those with disabled left legs to drive.

Many posts wanted people with arm or finger disabilities to be allowed to drive.

"I've got four fingers amputated but never felt different from others. I could drive even without assistance equipment," said one post.

At the annual session in March of the National People's Congress, Shan Jianming, submitted his proposal to lawmakers, calling for the disabled's right to drive.

Zhang Haidi, chairwoman of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, said: "Disabled drivers have very good records in other countries. Driving is one of their dreams and we should help make it come true."




 

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