Rome - Venice's famous gondoliers could soon be subject to breathalyser tests, after a series of complaints about drunkenness.
Under a proposed crackdown, the boatmen, who punt tourists around the 'floating city', would have to undergo the same alcohol and drug tests that drivers face.
The president of the gondoliers' association, Nicola Falconi, who is bringing the proposal to the council, told Italian news agency ANSA the tests should be applied to all transport operators in the city.
He said: ‘From water-bus drivers to ship hands - we're facing an ever-mounting problem'
The move comes in response to an alleged naked incident involving an aspiring gondolier.