Silly fuel! Jaw-dropping moment man in a shopping trolley speeds down highway clinging to the back of a tanker lorry in South Africa
- The shocking footage was taken on the N1 highway in Pretoria, South Africa
- People filmed the man holding on to the fuel tanker as it sped along the wet road
- The unidentified man even smiled and waved to motorists as they drove past
- Police say they’re investigating the incident, which took place on Sunday, April 3
Police are investigating after a South African man was filmed hitching a ride on the back of a fuel tanker while sat in a shopping trolley.
The jaw-dropping footage, which was taken on the N1 highway in Pretoria, South Africa, on Sunday, shows the trolley travelling at high speed in rainy conditions.
Gauteng Traffic Police says it is looking into the incident and if found the man could be sent to prison for up to a year.
The man was seen hanging on to the fuel tanker as it drove down the N1 highway in Pretoria on Sunday, April 3
Dramatic footage taken from several vehicles shows the man, who is wearing a yellow coat and has blue plastic bags over his feet, hanging onto the back of the fuel tanker.
In one video he looks over to the right, at which point he smiles and waves at the person behind the camera.
Footage taken from another angle shows him hanging on with both hands to the lorry, which has Engen branding, as it kicks up spray from the wet road.
One passenger in the car can be heard saying the man ‘has a death wish’.
The man smiled and waved at people who were taking pictures and videos of him on the wet road
It is unclear whether the man reached his intended destination in one piece.
Sello Maremane, spokesperson for Gauteng Traffic Police, blasted the man’s behaviour and said it was ‘irresponsible and illegal’, Rekord reports.
He added the man’s actions put himself and other people at risk and it would ‘never be tolerated’ by police.
In a statement released on Twitter Mr Maremane said: ‘The Gauteng Traffic Police would like to warn hitchhikers that such irresponsible behaviour is punishable by law enforcement authorities.
‘The law is very clear, in terms of Regulation 316 (5) read with section 89 (6) of National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 stipulates that anyone who constitutes a source of danger to himself or herself thereby endangering other road users commits an offence .
‘One may be convicted to a one year direct imprisonment without the option of a fine if convicted in a court of law.
‘Road users are encouraged to make use of public transport as an alternative means rather than endangering their lives and that of other road users.’
He added that members of the public who see ‘unwarranted conduct by hitchhikers’ should contact the police.
The video was widely shared on Twitter, with a version shared by journalist Yusuf Abramjee being viewed more than 188,000 times in two days.
Users on the social media platform saw the funny side, with some even praising him for his reckless actions.
People on social media were shocked by the dramatic footage when it was shared online
@Thabzo_ said: ‘I’m looking at the positive side of this. This guy is showing that you can go anywhere you want in life and it doesn’t matter how you get there, what matters is getting there by any means necessary. I’m motivated by this champ.’
@Song04388003 added: ‘Indeed. Nothing is impossible, only if the truck does to where he wanted to go, otherwise he is going to struggle to go back.’
@Charles86425587 wrote: ‘Maybe a supermarket was making an advert for their good quality trolleys – let’s think positive otherwise we will die of heart attack.’
@S11E11B11A added: ‘Petrol is expensive. I get him.’
Not everyone agreed though, with @YourboiPaska writing: ‘What scares me is the fact that he is not only putting his life in danger, but other people’s lives who are driving responsibly. Can cause a serious multi-vehicle crush.’