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Hi there , I was on my way to work back in January , when I was waiting at Dartford Toll booth to pay the toll and preceed with my journey, when a man claiming to be vosa run to the side of my window and asked me to pull over to the side of the road. He showed me no ID at this time and as I had never heard of Vosa I panicked as I carry my lively hood in the van and had heard in the past of previous experiences similiar to what had just happened to me of people being hit and robbed of their van or money. So i decided to drive of until I could find somewhere safe to pull into. The Vosa agent continued to trail me often undercutting my self in his pursuit with his flashing headlights, This panicked me further and as I suffer from anxiety I continued to just drive until eventually the highway agency helped the Vosa agent buy both coming from either side and forcing me into the hard shoulder. I immediately called the police as the vosa agent had failed to show his id at the initial time of asking me to pull to the side of the road and, the way he had undercut me and driven irratically I still didnt beleive he was who he was saying. The police then informed me on the phone that the incident had been noted and that an officer was on his way and that if I felt unsure in anyway to stay in the vehicle which i preceeded to do. Even on sitting in the vehicle I continued to ask to see his id to which he quickly flashed his card explaining that he wouldnt pass it to me thru the window incase in his words I decided to drive of ! I sat in the vehicle with my doors locked as I was still in doubt due to his mannerisim and commemts, and lack of proffessnalism, and as I was worried about my vehicle and self I thought this was best until the police arrived. Once the police arrived they explained that he was infact a vosa agent and that I was to escort them back to the weighbridge at Dartford where they continued to weigh me and I was infact 30.60% overweight. They told me they would send a summonds in the post which Ive only just got with a court date of 17-7-14 : the charges are 1) exceed maximum permitted gross weight (reg66) manufacturers plate- fine level 5 2) resist or wilfully obstructs a stopping officer: one month or level 3 fine or both. Number 1 I except as I was overweight, but number 2 due to his lack of proffesional duties on the day I disagree with as had he shown his id I wouldve not panicked and happily pulled over to the side. Could you shed any light on this for me please as I know there are cctv cameras at the booths and along the motor way which would back up what I am saying in terms of ID and lack of good driving skills which someone like the vosa agent should have been displaying. Many Thanks Lee.