A police force has been mocked for using a 7.5 tonne recovery truck to remove an electric scooter.
West Mercia Police proudly posted a picture on Facebook showing the confiscated two-wheeler on the back of a flatbed lorry on Friday.
Police said they seized the vehicle after the user was spotted riding it on public roads.
But social media users were quick to point out the officers could have used a smaller vehicle to transfer the scooter – which weighed less than 45kg.
They questioned why they simply didn’t just put it in the back of a police car.
One user said: ‘That towing truck seems like a massive waste of resource for such a tiny thing.’
Another person added: ‘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.’
Someone else joked: ‘Should have got a bigger truck don’t think that ones big enough.’
But according to the UK Cop Humour Facebook page there was a perfectly good reason for why the truck was used and the e-scooter wasn’t just put in a boot.
It said in a post: ‘But, what the public don’t know is that there was a one-to-one waiting in custody, a hand-on package for three in the bin for commercial burglary – one of whom needed an interpreter, 14 calls outstanding, ranging from Facebook threats to skaters, um, skating… and they both needed to complete 12 urgent NCALTS before going off duty.
‘So, it was probably better to await recovery.’
Writing on Facebook, Hereford Police had 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 £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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