What to do when you are pulled over?
- You must stop your car when signalled by a traffic police and produce the documents required by the officer; otherwise, you are breaking the law if you don’t.
- You may ask him the reason for stopping you; however, you should not get into an argument. If you feel there is a genuine reason for breaking the rule, explain it to the officer.
- If you have committed any mistake explain it to the officer candidly and seek his pardon. He may let you off with a warning if approached with courtesy.
- Do not drop names of policemen or influential people.
- If the police officer confiscates your driving license, you may compound the offence by paying a fine to the police officer under whose jurisdiction your license was confiscated otherwise you will be provided with a notice from the court. In case you fail to appear before the court, an arrest warrant may be issued.
- If the police officer is an officer of a rank sub-inspector or above, you may compound the offence on the spot by paying a fine.
What to do when harassed by a Traffic Officer?
- Never succumb to the illegal demands of a police officer
- Allow him to impound your license; do not attempt to bribe the traffic officer.
- Note down his buckle number/name, which shall be mentioned on the plate of his shirt. If he does not have one, you may demand his identity card. If he fails to provide his identity card, don’t give him your documents.
- You can approach the traffic police with a specific complaint indicating all the particulars about the incident; this must include details about the concerned police officer. It is desirable to send this complaint by registered post.
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