Police Mocked After Towing Away Scooter Using 7.5 Tonne Recovery Truck
But the image – which shows the scooter being completely dwarfed by the gigantic lorry – soon sparked a conversation on social media about the bizarre logic behind the seizure.
Many people said they couldn’t understand why officers didn’t simply pop the scooter, weighing less than 100lbs (7st), into the back of a normal police car.
One person wrote: “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.
“Causing more unnecessary pollution and congestion on Herefords busy streets.”
Another agreed: “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.”
A third said: “Do you really want congratulating on what looks like a complete waste of money to bring a tow truck to seize a flipping scooter.”
A fourth commented: “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.”
Another said they felt it was a ‘waste of taxpayers’ money’, while someone else quipped: “Should have got a bigger truck don’t think that one‘s big enough.”
The force in Hereford, which comes under West Mercia Police, said the vehicle was seized after the user was spotted riding it on public roads.
“Please ensure you know the rules…as a motor vehicle, they must comply with various pieces of Road Traffic Legislation.
“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.”
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