Nanny takes her responsibilities with respect to enforcing her rules and regulations on her highways very seriously, as Oliver Smith found to his cost the other day.
Smith went out for a drive in Leyland Lancashire, in a car with no tax disc and a broken indicator; to compound matters further, he was driving on the pavement!
Quite rightly Nanny pounced on him, and one of her policeman friends gave Smith a right old lecture on road safety.
Oh, by the way, I should at this stage point out that Smith is only 22 months old; he was driving a battery powered toy car, that can travel up to the awesome speed of 2 mph.
Indeed, Smith, was driving under the supervision of his grandfather Derek.
Nanny lectured Mr Smith (senior) about road safety before warning him that, under Nanny's new laws, Smith (junior) could be charged for having no tax, insurance or MoT certificate.
After delivering the lecture, Nanny's policeman issued a verbal warning then drove off.
Needless to say the Smith family are more than a little peeved that Nanny has the time to lecture toddlers on the Road Traffic Act.
Even more galling is the fact that Nanny got it wrong.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1998, any mechanically-propelled vehicle has to be registered with the DVLA and have proper insurance, MoT and road tax.
However, electrically-propelled pedal cycles and vehicles such as Oliver's jeep and certain classes of mobility scooters are exempt.
Oliver's father Richard said:
"I am also amazed that the officer in question did not know the law
and neither did his boss at the main police station when I telephoned to clarify the matter."
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said:
"I can confirm that a child's toy car that can only travel about 2-3mph does not come under the motor vehicle legislation."