Driver as ‘sick as a parrot’

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A female driver will be out of pocket after being caught driving with a provisional licence.

West Yorkshire Police stopped her vehicle on the M62 and found an unusual backseat passenger.

Police said: “Unfortunately, his owner has a provisional licence, and since parrots are not authorised to supervise...!”

As a result of the incident, the West Yorkshire Police Road Policing Unit is reminding learners to have a good look at the highway code before taking to the roads after stopping a driver near junction 22 of the M62 eastbound on Sunday.

Provisional drivers are only allowed to drive while accompanied by a qualified driver and are not supposed to drive on motorways at all.

Officers confiscated the 4x4 car of the female driver who will be dealt with for motoring offences including speeding.

The matter attracted interest when first publicised by officers using the West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Twitter account.

The account is constantly updated by officers from the roads policing unit and is a fast and reliable source for the latest information about incidents on the road or driving advice.

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.

“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.”

He added: “We’ve been really pleased by the success of the roads policing twitter account and would encourage twitter users to sign up.

“Our officers do update regularly about items of interest on our roads and it can be among the first sources of information about breaking news items such as motorway incidents or road closures.

The account can be found by going on to Twitter and typing @WYP_RPU in to the search bar.