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What if I am in a Vehicle?

Your vehicle can be stopped at any time and you may be asked to show your driving documents, such as your drivers licence.

Police car BMW monitoring motorway trafficA police officer can legally stop any vehicle at any time and ask to see the driver's licence. They can also ask where you're going and why. If the process ends there, this is considered a 'vehicle stop' under Section 163 Road Traffic Act 1988. However, if a police officer then tells you to step out of the vehicle and it is then searched, this is a 'vehicle stop and search.'