SA driver's R300 'elbow' fine

2013-01-17 13:52

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.


He said: "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.

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

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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  • abdulkhalik.sultan - 2013-01-17 15:41

    Since they couldn't find a fault, they couldn't solicit a bribe so they found an excuse to fine him. Miserable cops.

  • johan.louw.75 - 2013-01-17 16:24

    Idiotic and stupid law a motor cyclists whole body is exposed and outside and that is allowed what is the difference? what more danger does an arm cause. Will refuse to pay such fine. Lets say what the majority in this country would blame it on racism

  • hilton.camons.1 - 2013-01-17 19:09

    What about a bakkie that is loaded with a bunch of workers on the back? There's a whole bunch of body parts protruding from THAT! And what if that same bakkie had an accident? No seat belts on the back of a bakkie last time I checked...

  • dicky.pansegrauw - 2013-01-18 07:37

    So all motorcycles are illegal!!!Your whole body protrudes from the vehicle!!

  • dicky.pansegrauw - 2013-01-18 07:40

    Awhile ago I GOT A TICKET FOR "INCONSIDDERATE DRIVING" R1000.00 for not using my indicator, while avoiding an accident!!

  • riaan.barnard.737 - 2013-01-18 17:08

    So I can skip a red light as long as my arm is in the car.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-18 17:13

    Only in Mzantsi! How many people have driven their vehicles with elbows protruding especially when its hot and don't have an aircon? Dman most taxi driver u see them doing that as if its a trend. There are even adverts showing them doing that and no comment from the traffic dpt afta such ad has been aired. What about convertibles cars?

  • john.christodoulou.3 - 2013-01-18 19:27

    What happens when you have to make hand signals, like indicating a left turn, those are still legal last time I checked.

      Aziz Ally - 2013-03-11 13:14

      So when a cop pulls you over for not indicating you can always. Cop: You did not indicate You: I did use hand signals Cop: I did not see the hand signals You: Yes is did it with my arm in the car Cop: You need to put your arm out of the car so that other drivers can see your intention. You: The Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that "no body part of a driver or passenger may protrude from a vehicle". Cop: Eish ????????? Ha you think you clever Just go

  • dtangocci - 2013-01-18 21:08

    These traffic officers are dimwits. Most of the time they make a mistake on the fine making it invalid. I don't pay any of my fines.

  • gerry.klos - 2013-01-18 22:40

    Die bobbejaan en sy Bakkie

  • riaan.taylor.7 - 2013-01-19 11:15

    Some taxi drivers let their whole arm hang out of the window.that's dangereos.

  • martin.a.fairhurst - 2013-01-22 14:29

    the question is did his elbow go past the end point of the exterior (rear view) mirror of his bakkie? Unless he has EXTREMELY long arms I doubt it and last time I checked the mirrors are part of the car so that fine is totally bogus. I would like to see the judge castigating these moronic officers. Pity there is no fine for being a bozo, because then these twits could fine one another on a slow day

  • Thabo Lesiea - 2013-01-22 17:19

    we not all officers u saw other drivers doing same thing but u r not the officers,u all dont know what r talking about,sekare haofumane fine o poite motho emong

      Jan Joggems - 2013-03-04 10:55

      is he your husband?

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