Police mocked for using 7.5 tonne lorry to tow scooter

A police force has been ridiculed on social media for using a recovery truck to tow away an electric scooter – and it’s not the first time. Baffled members of the public wondered why officers didn’t just put the scooter into the back of a police car instead of using the huge vehicle, claiming they were wasting resources. West Mercia Police released a picture of the two-wheeler on the back of a 7.5 tonne flatbed lorry on Facebook, after they seized it in Hereford on May 4.

But social media users questioned why the police needed to use such a large vehicle to move the scooter, which weighed less than 100lbs (7st). 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. “Causing more unnecessary pollution and congestion on Herefords busy streets.”

It’s not the first time it’s happened – this scooter was put on the back of a lorry back in February

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 remarked: “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.” While Lee Ogleby joked: “Should have got a bigger truck don’t think that one’s big enough.”

Police said they seized the vehicle after the user was spotted riding it on public roads. Writing on Facebook, Hereford Police said: “E-Scooter seized today in Hereford.

“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 GBP300 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.” The incident isn’t the first time West Mercia Police have been mocked for their approach to illegal scooter use.

In February they seized an electric scooter in Worcestershire after a ‘banned’ rider failed to stop for officers. Police later tweeted a picture of the seized vehicle on the back of a tow truck, writing: “Not the best idea to fail to stop for police on an electric scooter when you are disqualified and have no insurance. “These are both required to be able to ride on a road…”

But the picture left a few Twitter users bemused, with one person commenting: “Could have just thrown that in the boot.”

“Overkill on the recovery vehicle,” a second added. “That scooter looks kinda cute on the back.”