Fellow motorist Jason Danks spotted the driver’s canine companion peeking over the steering wheel while the car was in motion in Barnstaple, Devon.
Jason was so shocked, he asked his son to take a photo of the bizarre situation at some traffic lights.
He claims the driver then pulled away with the dog still on their lap.
“I’d just turned out of the estate where B&M is going up the hill toward Newport,” he told DevonLive.
“I looked in my rear-view mirror to see the dog standing up on the wheel looking out the front window at me.
“I was so angry seeing this as it is totally unacceptable and could endanger life.
“The worst part is there was a passenger who could have been holding the dog.
“I got my son to take picture of it. This was at 1.05pm today sitting at the Newport traffic lights.”
After posting the image on North Devon News, Jason added in the comments: “Even though the picture was taken at the lights, the dog was standing fully up on the steering wheel while they were driving.”
Other people seemed as frustrated as Jason at the situation.
“Dogs should be secured in a vehicle,” commented one person.
Another said: “What!!! That’s crazy! Idiot!!”
“Hope you have a picture of the number plate. This is so unacceptable,” said a third.
Some people were more sympathetic though, claiming there might have been a good reason for it.
“Has no one checked if that’s a working dog for a visually impaired person! Some people need to stop assuming,” said one person.
“What about if the driver was blind and that’s his guide dog?” added another.
According to thehighwaycodeuk.co.uk, the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.
“A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
Breaking the Highway Code does not carry a direct penalty, but drivers could still be pulled over for driving without due care and attention.
This can result a fine and penalty points – and if an unrestrained pet has caused an accident, insurers are unlikely to pay out.