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The TOP 5 Reasons Police Can & Will Stop You On UK Roads

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The TOP 5 Reasons Police Can & Will Stop You On UK Roads

The TOP 5 Reasons Police Can & Will Stop You On UK Roads

woman pulled over by police

Being pulled over by the police while out riding can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you have never encountered them before. If the police do ask you to stop, make sure you pull over in a safe place and wait by the bike until they approach, and deal with the situation in a civil manner (which they must also do). To give you an idea of why you may be pulled over here are 5 reasons police will stop you on the UK roads.

Speeding

The most common reason police will stop you on UK roads is because you may have been going too fast. It is not always done intentionally, especially if you missed a sign when traveling through a slower speed zone. Mistakes can happen, and the police may stop you if they are looking out for riders or drivers breaking speed laws.

Poor Bike Condition

It’s always a good idea to check your bike before you head out onto the road, although things can change unexpectedly as you are riding. After going over a bump a light bulb may burn out or a signal light may suddenly stop working. Riding with a bike that looks like it is in need of repair could be a reason why police will stop you, although you may not even be aware of the issue until it is pointed out to you.

Man buckling helmet

Not Wearing A Legal Helmet (Or No Helmet At All)

If you are riding at (legal) speed it is unlikely a police officer will be able to notice a helmet that does not meet UKCA standards. However, it could be spotted at a traffic light, or when mounting/dismounting the machine. Every rider must wear a helmet by law, and they run the risk of being stopped if they decide to get on their bike without one – even if it is just for a ‘quick’ trip round the corner to the local shops.

Irregular Number Plates

By law number plates must have black characters on a yellow background and conform to BS AU 145d (this has been the case since 2001). There is also an authorised font and dimensions to adhere to, if your number plates do not appear to conform to this standard, then the police could stop and pull you over. 

  • Height: 64mm
  • Width: 44mm
  • Stroke width: 10mm
  • Character spacing: 10mm
  • Group spacing: 30mm
  • Margin at the top, bottom, and side of 11mm.

Riding In A Dangerous Manner

If you unexpectedly change lanes or take a corner too fast the police may pull you over in the belief you were riding recklessly. In some cases, this can lead to a breathalyser test if they believe you are riding the machine while under the influence. There are several fines and bans that can be imposed if you fail a test or are convicted of riding dangerously, so for that reason – and to ensure the safety of others – it is always best ride as carefully as possible and always within the boundaries of the law.