South Yorkshire L-driver ‘supervised’ by parrot

The parrot at the centre of a learner driver flap.
The parrot at the centre of a learner driver flap.
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A learner driver from South Yorkshire has got in a flap – after being caught driving on the motorway with just a parrot for company.

The 55-year-old woman, from Barnsley, who has not been named by West Yorkshire Police, has been summonsed to court for the alleged offence.

Provisional drivers must be accompanied by a qualified driver aged over 21, who has been driving for at least three years and are not allowed to drive on the motorway.

The woman was pulled over on the M62 in West Yorkshire on Sunday by police officers who had concerns about her driving.

They discovered her only companion was an African grey parrot.

Police seized the motorist’s 4x4 car and, aptly, posted a picture of the bird on social networking site Twitter, along with a Tweet which read: “Unfortunately his owner has a provisional licence and since parrots are not authorised to supervise learner drivers, her vehicle has been seized.”

The woman was not arrested but has been reported to court and will be summonsed to attend.

Chief Inspector Mark Bownass, of West Yorkshire Police’s roads policing unit, 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.

She is accused of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and speeding.