Can police search my car?

Police can search your car in some circumstances.

A police officer can stop you on the road and search your vehicle and any passengers if they reasonably suspect that there may be item in the vehicle such;

  • A dangerous drug; 
  • A weapon;
  • Property that has been stolen;
  • Items that could be used to commit an offence or harm either yourself or someone else.

They are also able to stop, detain and search your vehicle if they;

  • Have cause to and are seeking to arrest you;
  • If they have a reasonable suspicion the vehicle is being used unlawfully or as part of participation in a criminal organisation.

A police officer may take the vehicle if it is impracticable to conduct a search where the vehicle was originally stopped.