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is a police officer allowed to pull you over on a motorway

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is a police officer allowed to pull you over on a motorway if they are driving a dog van
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I had a liverpool badge on my number plate and that is the reason for pulling me over but then another police officer pulled up behund and said he would have to escort us off the hard shoulder as the dog van had insufficent blue lights
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.
A police officer engaged in dog handling is a police officer nonetheless with all the rights and entitlements of every other officer. An officer is an officer whatever task he is engaged upon. Even off duty officers still have the same powers as when they are on duty.

There is no reason that an officer driving a dog van cannot act upon road traffic issues or any other issue of law enforcement.

He obviously is unlikely to be carrying specialist equipment though such as VASCAR devices. But there is no reason that he cannot cause you to stop.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
why would another officer want to escort us off the hard shoulder by saying that his lights are not bright enough
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.
Didn't you pull over onto the hard shoulder anyway?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
he pulled me over with his blue lights and therfore put me at risk on the hard shoulder
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.

Like I've said, he is allowed to do that. He is a police officer with rights to require people to stop.