Village Vehicles (VVs) – made where?
This article started life as Q+A 28. New information – see IDJ Jan 2016.
Vicky Chan, Lamma resident, asks where Village Vehicles, more usually known as VVs (though there are apparently VWs) are made. She suggests they are so simple in design that the answer must be somewhere in Hong Kong. Is she right? And if so where exactly?
They are found on Lamma and Cheung Chau islands (and Peng Chau?)
IDJ: While wandering around Cheung Chau recently [Nov 2015] I noticed that many village vehicles still retain manufacturers or ID plates on their structures. They seem to be riveted on the chassis near or below the battery boxes or on the steering column. Many had no ID plates,presumably discarded over the years of wear and tear.
IDJ: Jan 2016. Village vehicles on Chueng Chau used by the local hospital. They are American and not island home-builds. See: Taylor Dunn Utility Vehicles – Anaheim, California
HF: This extract from the Transport Department’s form TD 293 12/2012 Application for Village Vehicle Permit is vague about their manufacture…”Vehicle Make (if any)”… IDJ suggests there must be a HK Government preferred manufacturers listing of who can tender to supply/build them.
Thomas Ngan has added the following in a lengthier comment below this article: I have seen some more of these of an older design (and smaller wheels) on Cheung Chau and Peng Chau in the last few decades… Some of them might not have a steering wheel like the one shown [on Lamma]. Some might actually be motorized tri-cycles and a cargo container at the back. [like the one shown on Cheung Chau below]
This article was first posted on 12th February 2015.