Skateboarder has driving licence withdrawn

A young skateboarder from Kapelle-op-den-Bos in Flemish Brabant has had his driving licence withdrawn for ten days after he allowed a dog to take him on tow when he was on his skateboard.

The police claim that the skater was obstructing the traffic. Police judge Kathleen Stinckens of Leuven stresses that in order to lose your driving licence you don't necessarily have to be at the wheel when you commit an offence: "Sometimes we are obliged to convict even when an offence hasn't been committed using a motorised vehicle. There are people who cross a level crossing on foot when the light is at red or when the barrier is lowered. We are obliged to impose a fine and withdraw their driving licence."

The dog portrayed in our photo is not the one involved in the incident.