Rickshaw rider takes wrong turn and ends up on the West Gate Freeway
A rickshaw ride has taken a literal wrong turn for the worse for a couple and their young daughter, after they found themselves on the West Gate Freeway yesterday.
Kirsten Smith told Tony Jones the frightening joyride began when their rickshaw rider took a left turn onto the on-ramp.
“We jumped on at the DFO area, we thought it would be great fun to get a lift to the car park,” she said.
“Once we were on the on-ramp there was no turning back.
“There was quite a lot of tooting, a lot of swearing.
“We had to stay on until the Power Street exit.
“It’s very steep, he earned his money I can tell you, I actually tipped him a little bit as well, he’d worked very hard.”
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Chris Miller from VicRoads told Tony if he was caught the rider would face pretty steep fines.
“There’s a fine of $161 for any driver or rider who is using the freeway where there’s a sign indicating that the driver’s vehicle is not permitted,” he said.
“There’s a dirty great sign, which says no bikes allowed.
“Driving in the emergency lane too incurs a fine of $322.”