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Truck driver caught pumping iron while cruising the autobahn
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Truck driver caught pumping iron while cruising the autobahn

Published: 23 Mar 2011 14:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Mar 2011 14:50 GMT+01:00

German police have fined a transport truck driver for lifting weights while on the autobahn, they said Thursday. The man claimed there was no law against sculpting his body at the wheel.

Officers noticed the truck swerving along the A1 motorway near Münster on Wednesday morning, media spokesman Jan Schabacker said in a statement.

“As they looked more closely, police recognized the chrome-coloured dumbbells shining in the sun as the driver did his training,” he said.

The driver even overtook other vehicles while pumping iron, police observed.

But when they caught up with him at the Tecklenburger Land rest stop, the man became “unreasonable,” Schabacker said.

He claimed that there was no law against staying fit while driving.

“The officers informed him otherwise,” Schabacker said.

The man was fined €80 and one traffic violation point on his licence.

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16:16 March 23, 2011 by venkyfra
hmm.. punished for trying to stay healthy & confident!!
16:22 March 23, 2011 by tallady
Do they have a law banning handy use while driving?
16:39 March 23, 2011 by derExDeutsche
anybody that has seen Sylvester Stallone in 'Over the Top' knows that getting pumped while driving a truck, is nothing new.

'I drive truck, break arms, and arm wrestle. It's what I love to do, it's what I do best. '
17:01 March 23, 2011 by fryintl
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00:44 March 24, 2011 by ron1amr
I think that is a very dangerous practise. Companies should not promote this and impose suspension on drivers that default. There is a place and time to do your exercise and the driver was rightfully charged. Truck drivers have an obligation to safety to all that are around and near the road.
01:19 March 24, 2011 by fuzzguple
u mirin' brah?
06:25 March 24, 2011 by Commoner
He was just Multitasking!
09:08 March 24, 2011 by Editwrite
80 EUR and one point seem awfully generous considering he was engangering the lives of others.
09:53 March 24, 2011 by freechoice
old habits die hard, you can see many of them reading the newspapers at the traffic stops...
08:51 March 26, 2011 by BoogieLegs
It's simply a case of driving without dur care and consideration, a fineable offence. 80 Euros was far to little and 4 points would have been better.
17:53 April 5, 2011 by George Palmer
what a complete idiot. A thousand euro fine, a disqualification and the sack would have been more reasonable....
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