How many pre-schoolers fit into a Renault Clio?

2012-10-12 00:00

HOW many pre-schoolers can you fit in a Renault Clio?

A Pretoria pre-primary teacher yesterday squeezed 19 children into her compact car.

When traffic officers pulled Melanie Minnie’s car over, as she drove from a Spur restaurant back to the school, the children, aged four to six, peered curiously through the windows.

Five of them were in the boot.

Minnie got a huge fright when she was stopped. “It’s the first time we’ve gone on an outing. And the last,” she said.

“It’s really a very nice school.”

A motorist called the cops when he saw her pull up at the Spur and kids pour out of the car. The children played in the restaurant’s play area while Minnie went back to the school to fetch a second lot.

She was pulled over when she was taking the second group back to the school. She told Beeld she took 12 children in the first load.

Charmaine Louwrens of the Tshwane Metro police said Minnie was fined R1 500 for transporting more people than the car had seats for. A compact car is licenced to transport five adults, or one adult and eight small children.

She was not fined for the first load because she wasn’t caught with them in the car.

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