A man has reported on Facebook that he was pulled over by local police and ordered to remove some Union Jack stickers that were on his car’s number plate.
The motorist, going by the name of Garry, posted to the closed Facebook group:
Could anyone tell me if these are illegal stuck on the side of my number plate.
A copper made me take them off today.
As you can imagine, the post has been met with a barrage of outraged comments on Facebook, with most people wondering whether or not the alleged police office involved has acted illegally.
After all, we assume that the stickers themselves wouldn’t have covered up the identifying number plate itself and the details, and numerous online stores sell GB number plate stickers.
Did he explain precisely why and under what statute or law did he require you to comply? I believe this instruction to be unlawful and illegal. You were stopped and apprehended against your will. You were therefore held illegally and under “False Arrest ” I believe that you have a good case to take to law and sue the local Police Authority.
Another user said:
Put them back on. As far as I’m aware, the wording of the legislation only covers non-standard fonts, damage to the VIN and objects or dirt restricting the reading of the VIN.
I’d check that and have it printed out and keep it in your car. The law is easy to find online.
As with anything that is posted on Facebook, you always have to take what is posted with a ‘pinch of salt,’ but the fact remains that this sorry tale sounds all too feasible in 2017 Britain.
If you would like to go and take a look for yourself, the post can be found on the Brexit HQ Facebook group that you can apply to join here.