A family taking off on a road trip have seen their holiday plans hit a slight speed bump after they were pulled over by police.
The family was travelling along a major British motorway in their VW Arteon when police pulled them over and made a surprise discovery in the back of the car.
Seven people were travelling in the vehicle, according to Manchester's North West Motorway Police. The problem? The VW sedan is only a five seater, with two extra youngsters found lying in the boot while the car travelled at high speeds.
Pictures shared by police show blankets and pillows strewn around the boot to accomodate the unrestrained human cargo.
The driver was booked for three offences, including carrying two passengers with no seatbelts and using a vehicle for an unsuitable purpose.
After police posted about the offence on Facebook, many of the hundreds of comments admitted to doing the same thing while growing up, saying "it was normal years ago" while others urged authorities to "throw the book at them".
"We used to called it the front, the back and the very back," one person commented.
"Back in the 70s, I was in a Vauxhall Chevette with 9 people.... standard practice," another recalled.
"Unbelievable in this day and age!" a third said.
In Australia, police have also previously taken to social media to warn drivers after making a similar discovery. NSW Highway Patrol pulled over a BMW X5 in the popular winter holiday destination of Jindabyne to find two teens sleeping in the rear of the vehicle with the back seats fully reclined.
A driver caught with a passenger not wearing a seatbelt in NSW faces a $352 fine and three demerit points.
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