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    What powers do these highway agancey guys have? I travelled to Sheffield on Saturday for a couple of days and noticed for the first time the above patrols. They were rigged up to official looking head sets etc, but was wondering, can they book you for speeding etc. I passed one sitting at 83mph when he was in front of a truck and didn't see him till I was past him. He flashed his lights a couple of times but never came after me. Just wondering if any one can enlighten me of their jurisdiction and if any one has had a run in with them.

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    they can't book you for speeding.. no.. they are there to ensure traffic flow, thats all... i don't know if they have similar powers to VOSA ( dangerous HGV's etc), but they seem to be used for escort duties as well..so, you should have got away with it..

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    I believe the it is an offence not to undertake Highways Agency instructions/directions. I presume this means with effect to maintaining traffic flow and during and accident/incident situation or breakdowns on the hard shoulder.

    They do act a speeding deterrent because from a distance that can be mistaken for a police 4x4, but once people relaise what it is they just cruise right on by

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    They have the same power that you or I have against other motorists. there is however, as Damian has pointed out, something that says that it is an offence under traffic law to not comply with direction given by Highways Agency Patrols.

    I understand that many of them are ex-police and therefore still think they are in copper mode when out and about on the motorways, cruising at 60mph to give the impression they are what they are not!!

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    This site may answer some questions.

    http://www.highways.gov.uk/knowledge/11235.aspx


    Paul W. H

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    If you got a Range Rover with chevrons all over it and a boot full of cones, you are gonna take on some sort of cop image.

    I think it's an illusion of your own perception Neil, they have to patrol, and there's no point in doing 70 all day to them, you'll like them once you breakdown and they come to assist you.

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    I'd like to do some 'voluntary' Highway Patrol....

    All I need is the power to slap tickets onto lane hoggers... that'll do me !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    If you got a Range Rover with chevrons all over it and a boot full of cones, you are gonna take on some sort of cop image.

    I think it's an illusion of your own perception Neil, they have to patrol, and there's no point in doing 70 all day to them, you'll like them once you breakdown and they come to assist you.
    Hah!

    Yeah right!!

    When mine stopped at the side of the motorway last year, in 30 degree heat, 3 of them sailed straight past us, probably didn't want to get out from the aircon, plus the first England world cup game was on, so they were off to see that.

    They couldn't have missed the fact Shaz was stood shaking like a leaf and clinging to me for dear life.

    Plus the fact we were a mile from their depot.

    Since then, I have my own perception of them. i.e waste of bluddy time and money. As a result, I have lost any respect for them.

    I'd actually rather see more traffic Police on patrol, but not the knob I had to deal with one night after I stopped at an accident. I was nearly in the back of his car after what he said to me.

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    In my opinion they are a waste of money. All I see them do is cruise along (sometimes in groups), park behind broken down cars on hardshoulders (why?? - I can the cars hazard lights anyway) and park on 'Police patrol vehicle only' ramps overlooking the motorway (I'm sure that are not supposed to be parked there !) and impersonate police by parking on bridges etc.

    Is the emissions and also further road usage (and increased congestion) worth any help they offer? I've broken down on the motorway before (once) and didn't recieve any 'help' from them.

    And to day that we are not paying for them because their cost is already in the Highways budget is ludicrous. Of course the taxpayer is paying for them, are we getting value for money? Could that budget be better used somewhere else?

    I generally ignore the matrix signs anyway on my daily commute (M1 J28 to M69 J2) because they are usually wrong. I totally ignore any lane closure signs until I can see it is actually closed. Far too many times it is not closed at all. These signs must be more accurate and give useful timely info. If not they are a waste of time looking at, and certainly adjusting behaviour for.
    Last edited by Ste; 24th April 2007 at 11:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul W. H View Post
    This site may answer some questions.

    http://www.highways.gov.uk/knowledge/11235.aspx


    Paul W. H
    Thanks Paul for this.

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