Parrot puts M-way learner in a flap
A learner driver stopped on a motorway was accompanied only by her pet parrot.
The woman, in her 50s, was pulled over in a 4x4 near junction 22 of the M62 in West Yorkshire on Sunday morning on suspicion of speeding.
West Yorkshire Road Policing Unit tweeted a picture of the parrot along with a warning to learner drivers.
Along with the picture, the police tweeted: "Say hello to my little friend. Unfortunately his owner has a provisional licence, and since parrots are not authorised to supervise learner drivers, her vehicle has been seized by us on the M62."
Drivers who hold a provisional licence are only permitted to drive when accompanied by a qualified motorist and are banned from driving on motorways.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that officers confiscated the 4x4 after the woman was pulled over by officers at around 8.45am.
She will be dealt with at a later date for motoring offences including speeding, he added.
Chief Inspector Mark Bownass, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "The rules of the road exist for a very good reason and it is important to remember that, if this lady had been in a crash or incident, she would not have been covered by insurance as she was not licensed for the journey.
"Learner drivers should not be on the motorway at all and anyone who takes to other roads as a learner must be accompanied by a qualified driver, have a good understanding of the Highway Code and also make sure they are covered by the qualified drivers insurance policy."