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    Joined the motorway before, police car behind me, no lights no sirens.

    Reached 70mph and hit the cruise button. Police car overtakes me, and settles for (i'm guessing) 85mph, still no lights, no sirens.

    My question is: Is it ok for the police to break the speed limit (anywhere) with no lights / sirens? I thought otherwise

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    The Police are only exempt if by staying at the speed limits it will hinder their response to an incident. If not responding they have to follow the usual speed limits. The only other exceptions they have are red lights and keep left signs. Everything else they have to abuse by (eg no entrance, etc).

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    i'm pretty sure that police vehicles are exempt from normal road laws if they can prove due course in doing so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksh View Post
    Is it ok for the police to break the speed limit with no lights / sirens?



    It can be legal to, yes.

    Emergency services exemptions to speed limits are covered under s.87 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

    IME, police vehicles often break the speed limits for legitimate operational purposes without use of sirens/blue lights; it's relatively easy to imagine a range of circumstances where this might be appropriate.

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    As a Police Officer it can sometimes be easier to get through traffic without blues and twos. Also if you don't want to alert anyone that your coming (burglary etc) you definately don't put them on!

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    Deja Vu anyone...

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    Had something similar today.... Was in the outside lane doing 70mph ish, police car (something like a 7seater) was approaching a little faster than that, think as above 80-85mph... Moved over let him past then pulled back out again, he nipped across both lanes and settled down behind a car on the offramp (2 lanes) so guess he was 'making progress' to catch up to someone/something that caught his eye?
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    yup penfold, like it was said before, damned if they do damned if they dont. sometimes its a no win situation,,,,,,,,,,,

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    Depends on the type of vehicle and officer, and then subsequently the duty they are on
    If they are on "routine patrol", then they would be permitted to travel in excess of the speed limit if they are observing a vehicle (ie following distance)

    However, if a clear offence has been committed by the vehicle then you can report it
    Personally, it's a waste of time
    I would only report such a vehicle if you were stopped for NOT breaking an offence, but the officer is convinced you have
    Again though the outcome is nothing more than a blah, blah letter from the constabulary

    On the upside, I know of several officers stopped for traffic offences whilst "off duty" and the Crown has pursued the offence
    The usual outcome is the officer taking retirement or similar just before the court case, otherwise they would lose all thier benefits
    I've even heard of one officer getting a more lenient sentence as they had sold the vehicle, turned out they sold it to a "friend" for £1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penfold101 View Post
    Deja Vu anyone...
    ooh la la i'm keeping well out of it!!!

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