Bloke crams 13 into Volvo S70
Magistrates take dim view of 'gross overloading'
A north London teacher has been banned from driving for 12 months, fined almost £1,000 and ordered to take an extended driving test after breaking the "most people in a Volvo S70" world record by cramming 12 passengers into the red saloon before squeezing behind the wheel.
Abraham Gniwosch, of Tottenham, was pulled on 8 August last year in Llandudno, Conwy, the BBC reports. Traffic officer PC Roger Brazel told Llandudno magistrates he'd stopped the vehicle for "serious dramatic overloading".
The court heard that "an adult male and a boy were sitting in the passenger seat", the back contained "two women with infants on their laps", while the remaining six passengers, all young children "were either sitting or standing in the centre section of the back seat".
In his defence, Gniwosch said he'd been "driving sensibly at no more than 20 mph", and added: "I'm not a quick driver, I'm a slow driver. I've been silly in what I've done, but not dangerous."
Chairman of the bench, Sandra Walker, said the court had taken Gniwosch's good character into consideration, but pronounced: "This is a very unusual case of gross overloading where a financial penalty was appropriate."
Given the breathtaking grossness of the overloading, police asked for the Volvo to be confiscated, but magistrates declined. ®
All I can say is I hope Volvo use it in their adverts and he makes money out of it to show what retards the police are, Im sure a warning would have been enough
9 in a Triumph Herald back in the late 80's - times were hard and not everyone could afford walking to the local pub.
13, 9 of them children? That's nothing
Back in about 1998 the Jamaica Observer carried a story about the gentleman who drove home from a New Year's party with 12 passengers, all of them adult, in a Toyota Starlet... and not one of the four-door models, either. Apparently there were 3 in the front, including the driver, 5 in the back, and 4 more in the boot with the hatchback open. He went around a known dangerous corner (some kind soul had labled it Killer Corner, with a skull and cross-bones on a bright red background after the third fatal accident there, some time before this incident; the sign was still there the last time I went by, rather faded but present) much too quickly and had a slight head-on with a minibus going the other way. Oops. IIRC three dead and four severely injured. Killer Corner strikes again...
According to the Observer, the police dispatcher had quite some difficulty in understanding that the minibus was empty except for its driver, and the Starlet had 13 aboard.
Dead bird for obvious reasons.