Story By: Koen Berghuis, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A motorist who drove around town in this car almost entirely covered in snow has been stopped by the cops and handed fines for eight separate traffic offences totally nearly 1,000 GBP.
The driver, whose name has not been reported due to strict privacy laws, hit the roads in Linz, capital of the Austrian state of Upper Austria.
Even though the entire car was covered in snow due to the severe weather conditions affecting Austria and other Central European countries, the driver barely made any effort at all to remove it.
He only wiped clean a small space in the front and back windows before taking to the roads with snow piled up on the roof and sides of the car. Even his number plates were almost entirely covered.
It did not take long for the police to notice the car and cops immediately pulled the man over.
Officers said that snow had stacked up as high as 12 inches on some parts of the car.
The cops noticed eight traffic offences overall and handed him an equal amount of fines.
Penalties were issued for non-visible number plates, headlights covered by snow, non-visible headlights and indicators, covered reflectors, obscured rear and brake lights, and a covered licence plate light.
It will prove to be very expensive for the car owner, with fines for non-visible licence plates alone ranging from between 70 and 5,000 EUR (63 and 4,500 GBP).
However, local media estimated that the total amount which the man will have to pay for all the fines should be around 1,000 EUR (904 GBP).
The exact amount is yet to be confirmed by the local authorities who will first of all need to check whether the driver is a repeat offender or not.