Do you have to pull over for the traffic wombles

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  1. jb0371

    jb0371 Read Only Funster

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    I had to travel up to newcastle yesterday, when i passed a vosa check point along the A17.

    the question is are you legally obliged to pull over for checking if directed. I am assuming (probably wrongly) that it is only the police who have the power to pull you over.

    I would stop in whatever vehicle as I have nothing to hide and being a nosey bugger would be interested to see what they are checking for and inspecting.
     
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    I expect if you did not stop they would call a cop to do it.
     
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    Yes, I'm sure they have the legal power to stop vehicles, particularly goods and busses....

    ....if stopping motorhomes I would guess they are looking mainly for over loading.

    ....and red diesel
     
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    Some months ago I was waved in to a checkpoint (in my car) along with several other cars. We were checked for emissions.
     
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    People or the vehicles ? :Wink:
     
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    VOSA together with various others, including PCSOs have designated powers to stop and direct traffic amongst other powers. Failure to comply with directions is an offence. The designation varies according to their role so is not necessarily a blanket one that they all have. See Police Reform Act 2002 for full details

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/30/contents
     
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    I expect if you run them over you will be first in line for a brakes check,:Rofl1:
     
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    Drivers are obliged by the Traffic Management Act 2004 to comply with the directions given by officers. This is briefly explained in the Highway Code:

    • Highways Agency Traffic Officers have powers to stop vehicles on most motorways and some 'A' class roads, in England only. If HA traffic officers in uniform want to stop your vehicle on safety grounds (e.g. an insecure load) they will, where possible, attract your attention by
    • flashing amber lights, usually from behind
    • directing you to pull over to the side by pointing and/or using the left indicator You MUST then pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so. Then switch off your engine. It is an offence not to comply with their directions
     
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    sorry but assumptions like that will cost you a lot in fines. VOSA checkpoints are not there for comedy value:Eeek:
     
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    Traffic Wombles?

    More power to their elbows if they can sweep some of the rubbish drivers and vehicles off the road :thumb::thumb:
     
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    I didnt imply they were there for comedy value, also did state I am probably wrong in the assumption that only the police can pull you over.

    Just interested really, as I have never been pulled over by them.
     
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    THey don`t have blue lights or sirens....That is all I am stopping for, I know nothing of these new powers that they have to stop me, no one told me....How am I supposed to know if no one tells me?

    I don`t do TV with adverts, nor do I do newspapers....I don`t do other humans much either to be honest.....I prefer to live in a bubble.
     
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    So.. Now you've been told :Doh:
     
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    Passed a VOSA vehicle parked in a layby/bus stop on the A31 this morning, just outside Ringwood.

    On the highly visable rear end were the words "TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT" in luminous letters. The vehicle had Red and Orange flashing lights.

    Didn't see them pull anyone in but about 5 minutes later they drove passed me and then pulled in again in another layby.
     
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    ignorance of the law or the highway code has never been a good defense :Blush:
     
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    theres a checkpoint just by the roundabout at the end of the spur road (A338) at Ashley Heath. have seen the checkpoint and VOSA active on many occasions pulling in all manner of vehicles for inspection/weighing. mostly in the summer though when the area gets busy with tourists
     
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    ignorance is NO defence in law. fail to stop when ordered to and i can see it ending with you fined and or in court with points on your licence
     
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    Traffic wombles? sounds like it
     
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    Me having an HGV as well.....I really should know better:thumb:
    Just as well I don`t give a stuff:Wink:

    Balls to `em all, every single little piggy one of them....I am here for a good time, not a George Orwell time:RollEyes:
     
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