Police left stunned after pulling over car carrying 14 people inside

Police were left stunned after pulling over a car on a busy road to find it was carrying an astonishing 14 people. Officers decided to stop the seven-seater Vauxhall Zafira along Nottingham Road, in Basford, Nottingham, on Monday (May 27) believing it was overloaded.

But they were shocked to find double the number of legally allowed passengers inside - including eight children who were not wearing seatbelts. The male driver has now been summonsed to court for driving without due care and attention.

He will also faces charges of failing to ensure children under 14 were wearing seatbelts and using a motor vehicle where the number of passengers was likely to cause danger. PC Dan Bird, of Nottinghamshire Police's Radford Road Response team, said: “Carrying too many passengers in a vehicle is a serious offence, primarily due to the safety risks it poses.

“People are twice as likely to die in a car accident if they do not wear a seatbelt, which is why we were extremely alarmed to find eight children without seatbelts inside this vehicle. Drivers should always adhere to their vehicle’s passenger capacity as failure to do so can have devastating consequences.

“Furthermore, driving with more passengers than there are seatbelts can void your car insurance, leaving you uninsured in the event of an accident. You can also face penalty points on your license and a fine. In severe cases, you might be summoned to court where penalties could be more significant.”

After the force posted pictures of the bizarre incident on social media, baffled web users reacted with astonishment. One person commented "How do u even get 14 people in a car" while another added "This beggars belief."

A third said: "Our kids fight with 2 in the back!" and another wrote: "It’s just common sense, why as an adult would you need to be told that."

By law, all drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt while travelling in a car, van or other vehicles whether sitting in the front or as a passenger in the back seat. The person driving is responsible for making sure children under the age of 14 are wearing one.

For passengers aged 14 and over it is their own responsibility to wear a seat belt. Passengers caught failing to wear a seat belt when one is available, unless they have a special reason not to, can be asked to pay a £100 fine. This fine can increase to £500 if the case goes to court.