Motorist fined R300 for jutting elbow

2013-01-17 11:33


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Bloemfontein - A University of the Free State lecturer has been fined R300 for resting his elbow on the windowsill of his bakkie while driving on the N1 highway near Bloemfontein.

Volksblad reported on Thursday that Antonie Pool, 33, was pulled over on a blazing hot day and fined for having his arm out of the open window the vehicle, which was not air-conditioned.

Pool said two officers inspected his bakkie for faults, but found nothing wrong.

"After their inspection yielded nothing, one of the officers said he was going to fine me for having my arm out of the car.

"I tried to explain that it was hot and I had no air-conditioning, but he didn’t want to know," said Pool.

"His colleague asked him if he was really going to write the ticket."

A spokesperson for the transport department told Volksblad that the officers had acted within the law, as the Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that no body part of a driver or passenger may protrude from a vehicle.

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