Police force mocked for using an eight tonne truck to tow an electric scooter

A police force has been relentlessly mocked on social media for using a huge recovery truck to tow away an electric scooter.

West Mercia Police showed a picture of the two-wheeled vehicle on the back of a flatbed lorry after it was seized in Hereford on Friday.

Confused Facebook users questioned why the officers didn’t just put the scooter – which weighed less than 100lbs (7st) – in the back of the police car.

David Stokes said: “Couldn’t they have just put it in the back of a car instead of wasting money paying for an expensive recovery vehicle to take it away.

Social media users asked why the police didn't use a regular car to transport the scooter
Social media users asked why the police didn’t use a regular car to transport the scooter

“Causing more unnecessary pollution and congestion on Hereford’s busy streets.”

Antony Price said: “Couldn’t you guys have just put the thing in a patrol cars boot?

“That towing truck seems like a massive waste of resource for such a tiny thing.”

Nicky Martinez added: “Do you really want congratulating on what looks like a complete waste of money to bring a tow truck to seize a flipping scooter.”

Yvonne Hart said: “I wonder if they could have found a bigger town truck for that scooter!!!! That would have fitted into the boot of a police car surely.”

Steve Earl said: “What a waste of taxpayers’ money. If that was a private company someone would be sacked. Fold it up and put it in a car.”

Lee Ogleby said: “Should have got a bigger truck don’t think that ones big enough.”

Police have said they seized the scooter after the user was spotted riding it on public roads.

In a post on Facebook, Hereford Police said: “E-Scooter[1] seized today in Hereford.

“Please ensure you know the rules…as a motor vehicle, they must comply with various pieces of Road Traffic Legislation.

Mercia Police have been mocked over the picture
Mercia Police have been mocked over the picture

“You can’t register and tax them because they don’t meet the safety regulations required, so the result is that you simply are not allowed to use them on roads, pavements, or other public places.

“If you do use an E-Scooter in those places you could face prosecution.

“Even if you are given a fixed penalty ticket, riding without insurance attracts a £300 fine and 6 points on your driving licence.

“If you don’t have a licence, the points would be on it when you apply for one.”

References

  1. ^ E-Scooter (www.dailystar.co.uk)