Video footage which appears to show a traveller’s young son driving a pickup truck on public roads has gone viral after more than 1 million people watched it online.

The three minute clip shows a boy behind the wheel as he drives home using back roads near St Albans.

The footage is apparently recorded on a mobile phone by the boy’s father, who follows behind in a separate vehicle and explains that his boy Johnny is simply taking the car home.

The driver says to a young girl in the passenger seat: “This is what we do – we don’t change because of times. Times may change but we don’t.”

Police were contacted about the video and conducted enquiries with the boy and his parents.  

It was established that the film was a prank and that an adult was actually driving the pickup truck but it had been filmed to give the illusion that a child was behind the wheel.

No further action is being taken.