Friday, September 2, 2011

One Legged Man Makes a Plan

A one legged South African man has been fined and banned from driving after police stopped his vehicle and showed no appreciation for his ingenuity, in overcoming the small matter of controlling the vehicle's clutch.

While stopping vehicles at a roadblock, police were shocked to find a driver of a truck (not a car) with only one leg. Chief traffic inspector Merle Lourens reported that she had found the man sitting in his vehicle with his son by his side, the youngster tasked with operating the clutch.

The plan....

The 39-year-old man, whose left leg had been amputated in 1996 after a gunshot injury, would seat the 11 year old boy next to him and shout out instructions as to when to push the clutch in. The truck’s vehicle licence had expired two years earlier and was being driven under an expired learner’s license, specifically for automatic cars. It was also found to have a broken parking brake and seat belt, thus making it unroadworthy.

‘He won’t be allowed to drive, but he shouldn’t have been driving in the first place,’ said Lourens.

Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban


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