A scheming motorist was caught on camera using a car pool lane with a fully-dressed dummy in his passenger seat.
The 24-year-old clothed the mannequin in a denim shirt and sunglasses in a bid to use the lane for cars travelling with at least one passenger.
But a sharp-eyed police officer spotted the unusual looking passenger and stopped the hapless driver to get a closer look.
The motorist is said to have 'sheepishly' apologised and accepted a fine of around £70 for the harebrained scheme on a motorway in Auckland, New Zealand.
Senior Sergeant Brett Henshaw said it is not the first time motorists have come up with unconventional ways to use the car pool lanes.
He told the New Zealand Herald : "The driver was rather sheepish, apologised and said it was the first time he'd done it. He was given an infringement notice for unauthorised use of a special vehicle lane."
"Drivers who use lanes like this without having a bona-fide reason should be aware that we're regularly conducting patrols of them.
"No one enjoys sitting in traffic and we've all experienced the frustration of waiting your turn, only to see someone who is the sole occupant of their car sailing past in the T2 lane."
Frankly, mannequin gets every where in our lives. Here is an interesting way of using mannequin when driving. Apprantly, a motorist in Auckland, NZ used a carpool lane to get home faster. The fellow passenger was non complaining fully dressed mannequin who could not vouch for his driver when a traffic cop pulled over. Here is the complete story
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