Friday, 6 February 2009
I have talked about traffic stops, and my experience with traffic Policing on occasions before. However, I am confused by THIS news story.
Yes, it says that the Met will no longer be enforcing minor traffic laws - but that doesn't confuse me.
I haven't given a ticket for a minor traffic offence since my street duties days in the first ten weeks of my probation, and I can honestly say I've never given a ticket for no seatbelt or similar in my career.
I do regularly process people for No Insurance, No Driving licence, or other similar serious offences.
Partly this is because of time constraints, we simply don't have time to search out traffic offences. It's also due to the alienation of the public idea.
However, according to the news story at least, it states that we "no longer have legal power to enforce certain moving traffic offences involving non compliance with signs."
No Entry signs non enforceable by Police?
I personally think that No Entry signs are not a minor issue, in some places they are safety critical - hence why they are endorseable (points on the licence).
Surely publicising this simply means that people can do what they want in front of Police cars, safe in the knowledge the most they'll get is a bollocking?
Incidentally, I didn't get this "memo" at work about not having this power. Nothing's come through my emails, or my Borough briefings.