15-day driving ban for former parliamentary speaker

 

A court has imposed a 15-day driving ban on Kris Van Dijck, the former president of the Flemish parliament, who was found to be drink-driving. The Flemish nationalist politician escapes having to fit an alcohol lock to his car. Mr Van Dijck will also have to pay a fine, though part of the fine is suspended.

The former Flemish parliamentary speaker had a blood alcohol content of 1.42 per mil when he drove into a trailer shortly after his appointment. Prosecutors requested a fine, a 15-day driving ban and an alcohol lock.

Life went from bad to worse for Mr Van Dijck, when, on the Flemish holiday, he was implicated in a tale of benefit fraud involving a sex worker.  He subsequently resigned.