Being stopped by the police while driving can seem daunting.

The police can stop a vehicle for any reason. If they ask you to stop, you should always pull over when it’s safe to do so.

Police will attract your attention by flashing amber lights

  • either from the front requesting you to follow them to a safe place to stop
  • or from behind directing you to pull over to the side by pointing and/or using the left indicator.

It is an offence not to comply with their directions.

If you’re stopped, the police can ask to see your:

  • driving licence
  • insurance certificate
  • MOT certificate

If you do not have these documents with you, you have 7 days to take them to a police station. You’re breaking the law if you do not show the requested documents within 7 days.

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.

News Drivers: Your licence will be cancelled (revoked) if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test.

You can also have your vehicle seized if you’re stopped on suspicion of driving without insurance and for some other offences.

Always obey the law.

(Article credit: For more information see Gov.uk)