(Original post by pjm600)
Drink/drug drivers aren't always swerving all over the road.
So stolen cars can only be caught once they've been reported?
Uninsured/banned/illegal drivers can only be found by talking to the driver and establishing their identity.
Relying on intel for stops would not be very effective.
Checking the condition of the car will undoubtedly be part of the reason for the stop.
How can you claim to know the reason from the four lines of dialogue?
The difference is that, for the reasons outlined above, the police are entitled to stop cars without having reasonable suspicion that an offence is being committed.
Not always, but that's like saying we should randomly stop people walking down the street because they might be on MDMA even though there's no signs to suggest that they are.
Clearly not, but the OP's spot check questions would not have determined whether or not their car was stolen.
Actually, the DVLA has a pretty comprehensive database, and ANPR software can pick up in uninsured/banned/illegal drivers.
Not exclusively relying on intelligence, but a stop check just
because they're driving at 3am is ludicrous.
How do you know it was part of the reason for the stop from the four lines of dialogue?
The four lines of dialogue are fairly clear - "Hi sir, what are you doing up and about this time of night?" What kind of invasive question is that?
Yes, police officers can stop people without reasonable suspicion, which is not only ridiculous, but in this situation quite clearly applied purely because somebody is in their car at 3am, which is even more ludicrous.