A scooter owner is under investigation for using a sticker bearing the words “Tainan City Government Police Bureau Patrol Vehicle” on his scooter.
Tainan Police Department’s Yongkang Precinct said in a press release on Thursday that it received a report about a photograph of a food delivery scooter with the sticker being shared on social media.
Police launched an investigation and spotted the electric scooter on Chungcheng Road in the city’s Yongkang District (永康).
Photo courtesy of Tainan Police Department’s Yongkang Precinct via CNA
The scooter owner, surnamed Kao (高), said he had bought the sticker online and put it on his scooter because he thought it was fun and special, police said.
The words on the sticker read “Tainan City Government Police Bureau (does not have this) Patrol Vehicle,” police said, adding that the words “does not have this” are in smaller print and placed in brackets.
The public can easily mistake the scooter for a police vehicle or think that some police officers use their official vehicles to do deliveries, which can tarnish the image of the police, they said.
Police told Kao to remove the sticker immediately and sent the case to the Tainan District Prosecutors’ Office for further investigation.
Police warned the public against using official titles, uniforms or badges to avoid breaking the law.
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