AA workers have been given police powers to stop drivers and demand names and addresses.W..T..A..F?
They would be able to stop vehicles, direct vehicles and demand names and addresses at events such as the Brighton Marathon to try to punish those committing traffic offences, such as using mobile phones at the wheel.I'm a little confused here - who thought this was a good idea? Who thought 'I'm absolutely certain that our members won't mind us changing from becoming an excellent breakdown cover service to becoming yet another quasi-legal state arm?'
The AA staff would not be able to make arrests, but anyone refusing to reveal their details to them would be committing an offence and could be detained by police.I don't understand this. The AA has had a very good reputation for years - helped by the fact that every time I've called them out, they've been superb; well-spoken, polite, friendly and competent.
What on earth could have persuaded a company to make this kind of PR misstep?
The majority of the workers are former police officers who joined the AA after retiring.Ah. The penny drops. Subversion from inside. If they wanted to be police officers, they should have stayed in the force!
I'm an AA member. Have been for years. I Tweeted their account last night and got an immediate response:
I have accordingly emailed them this morning, and left them in no doubt what I think of this idea. And also left them with no doubt whatsoever that, should they continue with this association, they will no longer have me as a customer.
H/T: Jules Mattsson via Twitter