Were cops Q right to stop my mate?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

The po­lice pulled a friend over at the side of the road and said their sys­tem showed that the ve­hi­cle was not in­sured. He as­sured them it was and showed them a scanned copy of his cur­rent in­sur­ance cer­tifi­cate on his phone. But the of­fi­cers weren’t in­ter­ested in the cer­tifi­cate and re­peated that their records show the ve­hi­cle as unin­sured. In the end, it turned out to be a mis­take by the in­surer. They had failed to ar­range cover even though they had taken pay­ment. Back to the po­lice, can they stop you at the road­side for rea­sons you know to be false? I thought you had seven days to pro­duce doc­u­men­ta­tion. An­drew Blee, email As you point out, the ve­hi­cle was not in fact on cover be­cause of a mis­take by the in­surer, so the po­lice were cor­rect – although this was clearly not your friend’s fault.

The po­lice can stop a ve­hi­cle for any rea­son. If they ask you to stop, you should al­ways pull over when it is safe to do so. You are break­ing the law if you don’t. If you’re stopped, the po­lice can ask to see your driv­ing li­cence, in­sur­ance cer­tifi­cate and MOT cer­tifi­cate.

If you don’t have these doc­u­ments with you, you have seven days to take them to a po­lice sta­tion. Take more than seven days and you are break­ing the law. The po­lice can also give you an on-the-spot fixed penalty no­tice for many mi­nor of­fences and make you take a breath test in cer­tain cir­cum­stances. You can also have your ve­hi­cle seized if you are stopped on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and for some other of­fences.

‘The po­lice can stop a ve­hi­cle for any rea­son. You must pull over’

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