Sunday, November 29, 2020

Stigmatised

Ten years ago I posted about the English car known as the Reliant Robin. Sadly the video has been taken down but it showed tv show presenter Jeremy Clarkson putting the three wheeler Reliant Robin through its paces, or not actually as it constantly tipped over.

There was another three wheeled car in England, for disabled people. Just in case you did not know the driver was disabled, they all looked the same and were all the same turquoise colour. They were kind of cute in a ghastly kind of way. I haven't yet listened to the BBC Witness Podcast about the cars, but I know they were quite awful, dangerous and very very stigmatising. 

Eventually they were withdrawn and replaced with subsidies to adapt normal cars for those with a disability. 

Photo from BBC World Service Witness programme.

18 comments:

  1. As if people with disabilities needed yet another label. Let alone one which may have risked further incapacity.

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  2. Yuk, ugly color and practice.

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    1. Strayer, not even slightly cute ugly?

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  3. I have always wondered why on earth those cars made it into production. They were always turning over in every video I ever saw.

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    1. Debby, a three wheel motorbike with a car body. Who would have thought that we go wrong.

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  4. I've heard of these cars although never seen one.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, you would remember if you saw one.

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  5. I've seen one on some show or movie don't remember exactly where, and thought how ridiculous they look. I had no idea they were made for disabled people, I just thought they were someone's silly idea that never really took off.

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    1. River, a silly idea that never really took off is about right.

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  6. I think I put that Clarkson video on my page a few years ago. It's hilarious.

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    1. Cro, I must see if it has been reposted. It is a good laugh.

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  7. Can't recall the car at all but certainly not a good idea to make a car for people being disabled - just one care, it's good how the cars of today can be altered to fit their needs.

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    1. Margaret, fortunately not seen here. It amazing now what can be done to enable disabled people to drive.

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  8. It's a wee bit like Mr Bean's car Andrew, except his was bright blue 😊

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  9. I came across a Reliant Robin in my neighborhood several months ago. I think I posted pictures. Such a weird-looking car!

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    1. Steve, I hope you stepped back off the footpath into a doorway or similar.

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