Hot motorist fined a cool R300 for jutting elbow

2013-01-17 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — It’s a South African tradition, but motorists would be wise to keep their elbows inside their cars, no matter how hot it gets.

A economics lecturer at the University of Free State learned this lesson the hard way when he was fined R300 for resting his elbow on the windowsill of his bakkie, which is not air-conditioned.

Antonie Pool (33) said the window of his bakkie was down on a blazing hot day recently when he was pulled over on the N1 near Bloefontein.

Two of the three officers inspected his bakkie for faults, and found nothing wrong, while a third was apparently lying on the back seat of their vehicle.

“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 airconditioning, but he didn’t want to know,” said Pool.

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

Francette le Roux, a spokesperson for the police, Roads and Transport Department, said the officers had acted within the law.

“The Road Traffic Act of 1996 lays down that no body part of a driver or passenger may protrude from a vehicle.”

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