July 15, 2011


An Austrian driver has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driving licence photo, as he claims it is religious headgear.

Mr Alm, an atheist belongs to ‘the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’. Members of the faith are known as pastafarians.

It is the police in Austria that issue driving licences and they have said that the photo was not approved on religious grounds however, as his face was fully visible it was accepted.

After receiving the application, Mr Alm was required to sit a medical interview to establish whether he was psychologically fit do drive.

The review established that he was mentally fit to drive and Mr Alm’s aim now is for Austrian authorities to officially recognise pastafarianism as a faith.

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