police powers to inform car insurance companies.

dean71 made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport

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Dear Sir or Madam,

My local police force was in the local paper saying that any modified car they stopped if the exhaust was too loud or if some other modification was not right to their specification they were going to ask for your car insurance companies name and tell them these parts were on your motor.

First point the police has not charged you or given you penalty points so have they got the authority to do this.

Second point does the police all think any modified car drivers are boy racers between the ages of 17 to 24. I am 36 years of age and only modified the car for my pleasure.
I have 2 cars a Ford Mondeo Family car which I have never been stopped in. I also have another modified Ford car which I have been stopped in a few times same driver, different car.

All I would like to know are Central Scotland Police Force doing this of their own back or does this happen all over Scotland or Great Britain.

Yours faithfully,
lb

FOI-Advice-Team-DFT, Department for Transport

Dean71,

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>>> dean71 <[FOI #79 email]> 17/03/2008 21:53:35
>>>
Dear Sir or Madam,

My local police force was in the local paper saying that any modified
car they stopped if the exhaust was too loud or if some other
modification was not right to their specification they were going to
ask for your car insurance companies name and tell them these parts
were on your motor.

First point the police has not charged you or given you penalty
points so have they got the authority to do this.

Second point does the police all think any modified car drivers are
boy racers between the ages of 17 to 24. I am 36 years of age and
only modified the car for my pleasure. I have 2 cars a Ford Mondeo
Family car which I have never been stopped in. I also have another
modified Ford car which I have been stopped in a few times same
driver, different car.

All I would like to know are Central Scotland Police Force doing this
of their own back or does this happen all over Scotland or Great
Britain.

Yours faithfully, lb

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Christopher left an annotation ()

Did you follow this up with Central Scotland Police at all?

I guess not via this site, according to: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/centr...

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Naturally, somebody else could come along and make the request to Central Scotland Police. There is no need for dean71 to do it.