‘Can’t you just put it in the trunk?’: Police are mocked for using a flatbed truck to remove a SCOOTER
- Police in Hereford used a 7.5-ton recovery truck to move a seized scooter
- West Mercia Police mocked by baffled Facebook after releasing a photo een
- Social media users joked that officers ‘should have had a bigger truck’ for the scooter
Police have been mocked online for using a flatbed truck to remove a seized electric scooter.
West Mercia Police have released a photo of the scooter on the back of a 7.5-ton recovery vehicle after they seized it in Hereford yesterday.
Officers warned that scooters are illegal to use on the road or in public places in the area because they do not comply with safety regulations.
They confiscated the scooter after they saw someone driving on a road in the city.
But baffled Facebook users wondered why officers didn’t just put the scooter – which weighed less than 45kg – in the back of a police car.
Police have been mocked online for using a flatbed truck to remove a seized electric scooter in Hereford
Antony Price said, ‘Couldn’t you have just put that thing in the trunk of a patrol car? That tow truck seems like a huge waste of resources for such a small thing.’
David Stokes said: ‘Couldn’t they have just put him in the back of a car instead of wasting money buying an expensive salvage car to take it away.
‘Causing more unnecessary pollution and congestion in the busy streets of Hereford.’
Nicky Martinez said: ‘Really want to congratulate you on what seems like a complete waste of money bringing a tow truck to impound a spinning scooter.’
Yvonne Hart said: ‘I wonder if they could have found a bigger city truck for that scooter!!!! That would certainly have fit in the trunk of a police car.’
Steve Earl said, ‘What a waste of tax money. If that was a private company, someone would be fired. Fold it up and put it in a car.’
Lee Ogleby said, ‘Should have had a bigger truck, don’t think they’re big enough.’
Police seized the vehicle after the user was spotted on a public road.
West Mercia Police wrote on Facebook: ‘Seized today in Hereford.
‘Make sure you know the rules… as a motor vehicle they have to comply with various parts of the Road Traffic Code.
“You can’t register and tax them because they don’t meet the required safety regulations, so you simply can’t use them on roads, sidewalks or other public places.
‘If you use an E-Scooter in those places, you can be prosecuted.
“Even if you get a fixed fine, driving without insurance will result in a £300 fine and 6 points on your licence.
“If you don’t have a permit, the points are on it when you apply for one.”
CURRENT UK E-SCOOTER WET
The use of private e-scooters on public roads is not subject to the trial and remains illegal in the UK, as is riding an e-scooter, rented or privately, on footpaths
According to the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, e-scooters are classified as ‘powered transporters’ and meet the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’.
Therefore, in order to be used on the road, they must meet a number of requirements, including insurance and meeting ‘technical standards’.
Because they don’t, they are considered illegal to use on roads in Britain.
The Metropolitan Police has also said it is illegal to use e-scooters on the road and riders risk being fined or even deducted from their driver’s licenses.
Riders also run the risk of their e-scooters being seized by the police.
The Department of Transportation said e-scooters are covered by the Highway Traffic Act of 1988, which also includes Segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine-powered kick scooters), powered unicycles and u-wheels.
The ban does not apply to electrically assisted pedal bikes.
According to the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management: ‘In order to make lawful use of public roads, motor vehicles must meet a number of different requirements. These include insurance; compliance with technical standards and standards of use; payment of motor vehicle tax, permits and registration; driver tests and licenses; and the use of relevant safety equipment.
‘If the user of a motor transporter could meet these requirements, he may in principle use the public road. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to meet all these requirements, making it a criminal offense to use them on the road.”
E-scooters are also not allowed to use sidewalks under the Roads Act of 1835. E-scooters may be used on private land with the permission of the land owner.