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Old 16 March 2013, 04:05   #11
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I agree its a good thing. I'd happily be pulled over for a quick stop check, even if its just in the car. No problems. Why should they need a reason ?

The last time I was pulled when towing was my own fault but good that they spotted it and checked. I was towing with the wrong number plate on the trailer board, having just bought the boat and using the sellers board, we forgot to remove his plate and fit mine.

The police obviously realised as they drove past me on the A38, as he slowed down and pulled me in right away, without the time to PNC the car/plates. When we stopped, he asked why and we explained, showed him the bill of sale etc and that was us on our way, still using the old plate. I said I'd swap it there and then but he said no just get home and sort it. This was at 10pm in the evening.

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Old 16 March 2013, 04:07   #12
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I Agee!!! I'd be delighted to be stopped! I have nothing to hide, and am totally legal.
One very good way to stop the thief's is by denying them easy access to move stuff around. That's easily worth 2/3 mins of my time.

Well done plod! Great job
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Old 16 March 2013, 04:11   #13
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I'm with Doug, I got stopped because I pulled back into my drive to let a rozza past and because I didn't pull out again straight away he turned round and stopped me as I was driving up the road - and said I must have been doing something wrong because I didn't pull out of my drive fast enough!!!! I get quizzed for not leaving my property when expected yet every day I see at least 20 or 30 people driving with a phone against their ear - now I've just read that burglars are only getting cautions when they're caught - WTF is going on?????
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Old 16 March 2013, 04:22   #14
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I went to pick up my new RIB with my 3 day old (to me) land rover, i took my number board encase i bought the boat. After buying the boat 150 miles away i phoned insurance etc, but noticed my old jeep number on the trailer board ? so i proceeded to cut one out of card and cover it up with my new number.
An hour later outside Glasgow on the motorway i was pulled over, the card had come off leaving selotape blowing in the wind, and my old jeep number showing.
I was fined 60 and told it didnt matter if it blew off or not, if it wasnt a proper shop bought legal number plate, then nothing, but nothing would be accepted, but good effort for my artwork. However without my name being on my vehicle registration docs (this was in the post as id just bought it) you can't have a number plate made up ???
No win, No win for me, but Hey, least they noticed what could of been another theft.
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Old 16 March 2013, 04:39   #15
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Apparently the trailer plate does not need to match the vehicle as long as there is an offence it can be traced to the keeper.
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Old 16 March 2013, 05:20   #16
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I'm not suggesting that anybody does anything illegal but it's cheap & easy to get numberplates on the internet
with no documentation whatsoever !! Makes a complete mockery of the legislation & it's fast......
Due to my Job I'm often out in my Landy in the early hours and am happy to get a 'pull' from the police. Rather that than let some robbing scumbag get clean away.
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Old 16 March 2013, 05:28   #17
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I was pulled on a Sunday afternoon driving an Audi s3. Plod said that one like it was stolen and was o false plates. He knew it was mine, I knew it was mine but could I prove it. In the end I told him my name and he asked me to prove it so i showed him my email account in my iPhone and he happily toddled off.

If I'm honest I was pretty p5,?d off at the time and I'm sure he was bored and after something to do or he was wondering if dad and son had been at the pub all afternoon.
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Old 16 March 2013, 05:42   #18
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However without my name being on my vehicle registration docs (this was in the post as id just bought it) you can't have a number plate made up ???.
You can in Scotland - although some large chains may apply English rules north of the border. Never been asked for any ID when getting mine done.

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Apparently the trailer plate does not need to match the vehicle as long as there is an offence it can be traced to the keeper.
Emmmm.... not how I read http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2...0010561_en.pdf

Now if your vehicle plate is screwed (not glued) on then it may be better to move the vehicle plate to the trailer (but obviously make sure it can't fall off!)

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- now I've just read that burglars are only getting cautions when they're caught - WTF is going on?????
I'd guess you've been reading the Daily Mail. I suggest you stop that - it seems to turn people into grumpy ranting types who complain about things they've never experienced in real life. Hopefully its not too late for you! I'm sure at some point they'll run a story about the police seeing someone acting suspicious in a driveway but ignoring it to protect their human rights and thus letting the drug dealer, car thief, people trafficker go free!

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I agree its a good thing. I'd happily be pulled over for a quick stop check, even if its just in the car. No problems. Why should they need a reason ?
I work with a few people from the continent and they are amazed that we don't have random police stop / check points routinely.

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How can everyone innocent being pulled over for no obvious reason be a good thing?
The flipside would be - "How did they not think that a boat being towed at night in the middle of winter in an area with a likely boat theft issue was not suspicious? So long as they are polite and efficient with their checks I'm not sure its a problem"

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Just out of interest, how did you prove you owned the boat
they aren't really looking for proof of ownership (just as well - as impossible to categorically prove, and likely to be difficult at the roadside). They are looking for you to reassure them that there is nothing suspicious. So answering questions like the name and address of the car's registered keeper; your name, DoB and address on your licence (both very easy for them to check) goes a long way to pointing to a legit 'normal' driver. If you give sensible answers to where you are going to / from and who owns the boat etc then they will probably be happy. I guess having the keys for the boat, sailing gear in your car, insurance paperwork for the boat etc would all be good pointers that this is a legit situation.
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Old 16 March 2013, 05:44   #19
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Excellent initiative. Just hope my road tax is valid and all my tyres are within minimum tread... you know what they're like when they go 'walk about' after a routine stop!
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Old 16 March 2013, 06:13   #20
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We tow our boat overnight Midlands to Cornwall. I'd be very happy if Plod pulled me over just to check we were legit
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