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Madrid driver caught using carpool lane with passenger doll

Patrol officers were suspicious of the fact that the alleged child was wearing a fleece in hot weather

The doll posing as a child inside a vehicle caught in Madrid's A-6 carpool lane.
The doll posing as a child inside a vehicle caught in Madrid's A-6 carpool lane.GUARDIA CIVIL

The child was sitting in the front passenger seat, wearing a fleece in the hot Madrid weather. Something did not seem quite right to the Civil Guard officers on patrol on the A-6 motorway last Thursday.

As the car drew closer on the High Occupancy Vehicle lane, the officers realized that the child was a doll placed there by the driver to get around rules banning cars with no passengers from this part of the A-6.

Civil Guard authorities on Wednesday said that the driver was caught at 8am last Thursday and fined €200.

This other cheater was caught in October 2012 on the same lane.
This other cheater was caught in October 2012 on the same lane.

What originally caught the officers’ eye was the fact that a child was riding in the front of the car, which is prohibited by law unless a special children’s car seat is being used.

But the fact that the passenger was wearing a warm fleece, besides sunglasses, a cap and headphones, also set off alarm bells.

This is not the first time that a driver has tried to cheat their way into the A-6 carpool lane. In October 2012, another offender was caught using an adult-sized mannequin wearing a wig, a coat and sunglasses.

English version by Susana Urra.

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