Leeds & West Yorkshire

M62 learner driver 'accompanied only by parrot'

Parrot found by police Image copyright West yorkshire police
Image caption The speeding driver was found to be accompanied only by her parrot, police said

A motorist stopped for speeding on the M62 in West Yorkshire was a learner driver accompanied only by her pet parrot, police have revealed.

The female 4x4 driver was pulled over by officers near junction 22 of the M62 at about 08:45 GMT on Sunday.

Provisional drivers are only allowed to drive if accompanied by a qualified motorist and are banned from motorways.

"Since parrots are not allowed to supervise learner drivers, her vehicle has been seized," police tweeted.

The driver will also be dealt with later for motoring offences including speeding, West Yorkshire Police's Road Policing Unit said.

Ch Insp Mark Bownass 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."

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