Police: Student driver accompanied only by parrot

Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

WAKEFIELD, England, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- British police said they stopped a student driver found speeding on a major motorway while accompanied only by her parrot.

West Yorkshire Police said provisional drivers are only allowed behind the wheel when accompanied by a qualified driver, and are not supposed to drive on motorways, but the woman pulled over Sunday near junction 22 of the M62 eastbound was unlicensed and accompanied only by her pet parrot, the Dewsbury Reporter reported Tuesday.

The department said officers from the Road Policing Unit seized the woman's vehicle and she was cited for offenses including speeding.

"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," said Chief Inspector Mark Bownass of West Yorkshire Police. "Anyone who takes to the 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."

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