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Your rights if you're stopped by the police while driving

The police have powers to stop a vehicle driving on the road. They could stop you because:

  • you've committed a traffic offence (eg drink driving, careless driving or not wearing a seatbelt)
  • of faults with your vehicle (eg a broken brake light)
  • they want to check you have the correct documents allowing you to drive (eg a licence, MOT certificate or insurance)
  • they suspect you have stolen property, firearms or drugs in the vehicle

If you're asked to stop by the police, you should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so.


You are committing an offence if you don't stop when asked by the police.

Visit GOV.UK to find out more about your rights if you're stopped by the police while driving.

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