A motorist who has yet to pass her test has been caught driving unaccompanied – except for her pet parrot! The female driver was stopped for speeding near junction 22 of the M62 when officers discovered she did not hold a full driving licence.
Under current laws, learner drivers can only get behind the wheel if they display red ‘L’ plates and are accompanied by a person who is over the age of 21 who has held a full licence for over three years. Learner drivers are also not allowed to drive on a motorway.
“Since parrots are not allowed to supervise learner drivers, her vehicle has been seized” tweeted the West Yorkshire police force, adding a picture of the hapless parrot to the message.
The lady in question now faces charges of speeding and of driving whilst not in accordance with the provisions of the licence. Rules of the road are there to be obeyed and as a senior police officer pointed out, if the lady had been in accident, she would not have been covered by insurance as she was not licensed for the journey.
Leaner drivers should not be on a motorway at all, and the fact that she was unaccompanied (other than by the parrot, of course!) made the journey even more hazardous. All learners must be accompanied by a qualified driver, have a good understanding of the Highway Code and also must make sure they are covered by the qualified drivers insurance.
So, if you don’t want to ruffle any feathers, make sure you are driving legally – and that means with the correct insurance in place. Just one quick call to our friendly and professional team at Westhill Insurance Services will mean that you are certain to receive first class advice and the right insurance to suit your needs – and your wallet. You would have to be off your head on Trill not take a few minutes to get your vehicle insurance sorted out!
It’s not known yet whether the parrot will have to adopt travel by bus and taxi in the future, or perhaps stick to more traditional parrot means of transport – like flying!.