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Chapter 16: I Want to Learn to Drive
Two of my friends had been issued with invalid cars, which enabled them to drive to their jobs as typists. They both had polio. Linda couldn't walk at all and Janet couldn't travel on public transport.
Invalid cars were supplied and maintained by the Ministry of Health. They were made of fibreglass. Some had a canvas roof and were painted pale blue. These three-wheelers only had one seat for the driver and could easily topple over. Strong winds could blow them off-course. They were powered by petrol or batteries. The electric version only did 10 m.p.h. The Ministry gave a stringent medical to applicants, and paid for three driving lessons soon after the vehicle was ...