Armless Chinese Driver

An armless man who steered his car with his feet has had his car confiscated to stop him driving in China.

Police said Wo Guo, 45, was a danger to himself and other road users.

He was pulled over in a routine road traffic check in Xiantao city in central China’s Hubei province, where officers found he did not have a licence.

He used his feet to drive the car. He used the big toe and the toe beside it on the left foot to control the steering wheel and used the right foot to control the brake.

According to the armless motorist he has clocked up 160,000 km without mishap.

Guo lost his arms at the age of seven when he went to cut grass to feed a horse, and occidentally touched high voltage wires with his scythe.

After his arms were amputated he learned to wash his face and brush his teeth, write and to sew using his feet. He is married, has a son who is at college, makes a living selling fruit and says he has a “happy life.”

But he says he needs his car to make deliveries: “I don’t find driving automatic cars hard. My friend taught me to drive within a week, but I can’t get a licence because of my disability so I do it in secret.

A police spokesman said that he would not be fined and he would get his car back if he hired a driver, adding: “He is admirable, but it’s too dangerous for him to drive. I hope he can give up driving himself and employ someone else.”