Venice gondoliers to be breathalysed

2013-07-05 11:46
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Venice - Venice's famous gondoliers could soon be subject to breathalyser tests, after a series of complaints about drunkenness.

Daily Mail reports that a proposed crackdown will see the boatmen, who punt tourists around the 'floating city', having to undergo the same alcohol and drug tests that drivers face.

The president of the gondoliers' association, Nicola Falconi, who is bringing the proposal to the council, told Italian news agency ANSA the tests should be applied to all transport operators in the city.

The move comes in response to an alleged naked incident involving an aspiring gondolier last week.
A video posted online showed a group of gondoliers apparently forcing a candidate to strip off his clothes and swim in a canal off St Mark's Square in order to get the job.

The victim was allegedly applying to become a 'ganser', the person who helps passengers in and out of the gondola.

Politicians last week called for a lifetime suspension of the gondoliers involved.

Working as a gondolier in the famous romantic watery city is a competitive industry - skilled Venetian gondoliers are considered on a par with Spain's bull-fighters.

 
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