Q&A - Seizure of Log Book and Receipts
I just a call from a trucker this morning whose friend (also a truck driver) had her log book and ferry receipts taken by an officer at a road block who then refused to give them back to her. Is this a standard policy from your recollection? What happens if she gets stopped again in another road check without her log book? It just doesn’t seem to be the right thing to do in my books. Can you shed any light on this?
Seizure of these documents would be a logical step for the officer to take in order to have evidence to support charges that are related to the log book. I have had co-workers that did this sort of thing in the past and the officer has the power to do so. Once the officer does seize them, he is required to issue a receipt for them:
The receipt would be justification during a subsequent check for not being in possession of the required documents.
With the profusion of digital cameras these days making copies of documents, whether by the police or by the driver, should be simple enough to accomplish.
A strong argument for never
A strong argument for never volunteering information to a police officer except as required. I cannot, I believe, be compelled to present them on demand. Too, I always have the right to remain silent.
The law compelling you to do so is here in the thread...
I fail to see how the law
I fail to see how the law compels me to obtain (and retain) receipts for 14 days. By that reasoning, I could be fined for not being in posession of last Wednesday's lunch receipt.
We are not a police state just yet, Tim ...