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The inspector asks to see the first aid kit. Here’s how to answer an experienced driver

First aid kit, fire extinguisher and warning triangle are in the set, which is obliged to carry every motorist. Key point: “must carry”. What does it say about their demonstrations?Elena Starikova

First, let’s take a look at section 7.7 of the SDA, which provides for the mandatory presence in the car first aid kit, fire extinguisher and warning triangle according to GOST R 41.27–2001. Based on the paragraph of traffic rules (consciously or not), many drivers rush to open the trunk, once the inspector asked them to show the first aid kit or a fire extinguisher. It would seem, everything is logical: once the list of items required, the inspector may ask him to present. But the reality is not so simple.

Proceed to item 2.1.1 of traffic regulations, which States that the driver shall, at the request of the police to present:

  • driver’s license
  • the documents for the car
  • insurance policy.

As you can see, no first aid kits or fire extinguishers out of the question. It happens that a traffic police inspector begins to refer to certain internal regulations, which oblige him to check the aforementioned items. But you, as a driver, these orders in no way relate — you clearly follow the traffic rules.

Expert opinion

David Melkonyan, the lawyer of the Moscow legal centre “Vector”David Melkonyan, the lawyer of the Moscow legal centre “Vector”

Often a first aid kit or a fire extinguisher to an inspector asks to see when he is no longer before that, so to speak, “get”. With a simple visual inspection, the traffic police can not establish the fact of absence at the driver of these items are needed to initiate the inspection procedure of the vehicle. And this is the drafting of Protocol, search two witnesses…

It is clear that the traffic police do not want to lose so much time, so go to the trick: you have done everything for them.

If the results of such examination, it turns out that a fire extinguisher or first aid kit you had (or the composition incomplete), a fine of 500 rubles (under part 1 of article 12.15 of the administrative code) can be easily appealed. You need to refer to the fact that the violation was installed improper way. Unfortunately, most drivers such subtleties do not know and do not even try to appeal the decision.

What to tell the inspector of traffic police?

According to the lawyer, the only correct answer in this situation, the phrase should be:

First aid kit, fire extinguisher and warning triangle I have. If you wish to verify this, please conduct the screening procedure.

Believe me, in 99% of cases, if you are a malicious intruder, the inspectors do not and will wish happy journey.

  • The desire to look in the trunk arises from the inspectors often. But to want is not to have a legitimate opportunity. “Driving” explains what is allowed to the inspector of traffic police in such a situation.
  • The presence of first aid and firefighting, above all, necessary to the motorist. Keep in the trunk is not just a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and warning triangle, but the towing cables and snatch.

Photo: Yuri Smityuk/TASS, depositphotos

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