In what must be a world first, the Czech Republic has taken the honour of being the only country in the developed world where the national transport minister doesn’t have a driving licence.
Minister Vit Barta lost his licence for six months after being caught driving his Maserati with a fake number plate.
That raises all kinds of intriguing questions. Firstly, why is the transport minister incapable of getting a real number plate? Secondly, do all East European ministers drive Maseratis?
The not-so-hefty 5,000 koruna ($280) penalty will only serve as a minor hindrance but the shame of having no licence for six months will no doubt be a memory not soon forgotten.
Mr Barta told the police officers who had pulled him over that he had lost his original number plate whilst driving on a dirt road (because that’s what you would do in a Maserati…) and he was simply using the fake plate till he could get a replacement.