Police catch boy, 13, driving a car with two-year-old and mum inside

A 13-year-old boy was caught driving a car while a two-year-old sat unrestrained on its mother’s knee, police said.

Police stopped the teenager in Peterborough on Saturday morning to find the toddler also in the car.

In a tweet, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said the explanation given was that it was “only a short journey”.


The incident took place in Padholme Road, Peterborough, at around around 11am.

Asked what the relationship was between the toddler and the woman in the car, as well as the driver, a spokesman said: “The adults in the car were the parents of the 2 year old and they were related to the 13 year old. There were understandably numerous offences dealt with.”

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Earlier this month, it emerged that more than 1,000 driving bans were handed to children in 2017 who were not old enough to drive, with children as young as 12 among those banned.


Currently, UK courts can impose driving bans on those who are legally too young to drive. Once they have turned 17 and their disqualification period ends, they are able to drive again.