A motorcyclist was given ‘advice’ by police officers after he appeared to be picking up a young girl from school on his bike.
The officers in Birmingham had a shock when they spotted the child on the back of the man’s bike, dangling her legs off either side of the machine as she could not reach the footrests.
They were so surprised that they took a picture of the rider and the child, who seems to be in a school uniform, on his bike and posted it on social networking website Twitter. The man also appears to be holding the child’s school bag in one hand, while parked up on a busy road.
Accompanying the photo, posted by @Washwood_Police, police tweeted: “Officers have advised this male rider regarding the suitability of his passenger, who couldn’t even reach the pegs!”
Nigel Carter from the Black Country Motorcycle Action Group said there were no ‘hard and fast rules’ when it comes to carrying child passengers on the back of bikes.
He said: “I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules, as long as they can safely sit on the back of a motorcycle.
“There’s no hard and fast rules that I know of such as booster seats or seat belts like in cars.
“They must wear a helmet of course, but as long as they are secured on the back as any other pillion would be, I think it’s often left down to judgement.”