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vehicle used in manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance


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Where a constable in uniform has reasonable grounds for believing that a motor vehicle is being driven carelessly or inconsiderately (see careless and inconsiderate driving); in contravention of the prohibition of off‐road driving imposed by s 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988; or has been used on any occasion in a manner which is causing, or is likely to cause, alarm, distress, or annoyance to members of the public, then he may (a) order the person driving it to stop the vehicle; (b) seize and remove the motor vehicle; (c) enter any premises (other than a private dwelling house) on which he has reasonable grounds for believing the motor vehicle to be; and (d) use reasonable force, if necessary, in the exercise of those powers. Except in certain circumstances, the power to seize the vehicle is only exercisable if the constable has warned the person using the vehicle that he will seize it if the unlawful use continues or is repeated; and the use has continued or been repeated thereafter (s 59, Police Reform Act 2002).

(a) order the person driving it to stop the vehicle; (b) seize and remove the motor vehicle; (c) enter any premises (other than a private dwelling house) on which he has reasonable grounds for believing the motor vehicle to be; and (d) use reasonable force, if necessary, in the exercise of those powers.

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