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Reader: Elbow fine a joke

2013-01-21 08:41

RESTING YOUR ELBOW COULD COST YOU: According to the Road Traffic Act of 1996, "no body part of a driver or passenger may protrude from a vehicle".

JURGENS VAN EEDEN

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 reports that Antonie Pool (33), was pulled over and fined for having his arm out of the open window the vehicle.

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

'CONCENTRATE ON TAXIS'

Wheels24 reader JURGENS VAN EEDEN shares his thoughts:

"This clearly show the disrespect for South African laws that those who are supposed to be upholding the laws  go to such extent to write people tickets.

There are millions of south african drivers who drive with windows down and arm out. Even worse is that this traffic officer is looking for a reason to write a fine.

As there are worse offenders who blatantly ignore traffic laws and cause death and destruction. Why not concentrate on the problem of the taxis who put innocent peoples live in danger with their bad driving habits.

This is absolutely ridiculous that our traffic officers would go to such depths just to write a ticket.  Our traffic cops will never get respect from South African residents until they start upholding the law to make our roads a safer place instead of doing these kinds of things."

A spokesperson for the transport department explained 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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