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Disabled finally get the chance to drive

CHEN Jian will finally be able to drive.

While that may not sound like such a big deal, it is to him because he has a disabled right leg.

Thanks to changes to a national law that took effect in April, disabled people can now get a driver's license.

Chen will be among the city's first eight disabled people to get the C5 special driving license tomorrow.

Some disabled people said they are happy as life will be easier, especially when going out on rainy days.

Hundreds of disabled people have already applied for training courses at designated driving schools.

According to the rule, people with two disabled legs or a disabled right leg can now take the driving test and obtain licenses. The revision also now allows hearing-impaired individuals and those missing their right thumb to obtain licenses.

Chen said he was so excited that he studied very hard during his training course. He even convinced his wife to refit their car - putting the gas pedal and brake on the left side for him.

Many disabled do have one big concern - parking.

Many parking lots in overseas countries like Japan, the United States, and Australia have special parking spaces for disabled drivers.

Ren Yuncan, chairman of the Shanghai Disabled People's Federation, said that the city's public parking lots have not set up special spaces for the disabled. The distance between ordinary parking spaces is so small that there isn't enough space to get a wheelchair out of the car.

The federation wants the government to set up parking spaces for the disabled.


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