I would definitely take the small tube used to take a breath test. It can be used to assist building up a DNA database in the UK.
Or you might find you are connected by DNA to a criminal offence. I know of times when cigarette ends and cups used in a station
were tested for DNA to see if the person was really responsible or connected with an offence. Never trust the police, although I do not have a criminal record I do see many bent police officers. Fortunately most are dealt with, even though the cases have reporting restrictions and are fast tracked through the system.
QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Mon, 15 Jun 2009 - 16:31)
QUOTE (The Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 35)
(a) a traffic survey of any description is being carried out on or in the vicinity of a road, and
(b) a constable or traffic officer gives to a person driving or propelling a vehicle a direction—
(i) to stop the vehicle,
(ii) to make it proceed in, or keep to, a particular line of traffic, or
(iii) to proceed to a particular point on or near the road on which the vehicle is being driven or propelled,
being a direction given for the purposes of the survey (but not a direction requiring any person to provide any information for the purposes of a traffic survey),
the person is guilty of an offence if he neglects or refuses to comply with the direction.
(3) The power to give such a direction as is referred to in subsection (2) above for the purposes of a traffic survey shall be so exercised as not to cause any unreasonable delay to a person who indicates that he is unwilling to provide any information for the purposes of the survey.
It tends to be people from a dole office, immigration, MOT etc just checking for anything they can find. They check tax, insurance, electoral register, employment status, whether you are wanted, if you're using red diesel etc.
If you have a works van they will also check you have a licence for transporting commercial waste. For example - the case in Manchester of a plumber being fined for having a radiator from a customers house in the back of his van!
It's just an excuse to stop and search. NEVER agree to DNA samples being taken by anyone, you have no legal requirement to give one at the roadside and can not be arrested with the sole purpose of providing a DNA sample.
The surveys in my area are always in rush hour and on busy roads, so tailbacks of miles cause total chaos.