Driver baffles police by tying upside down sofa to car with flimsy cling film
A driver has baffled police by cling-filming a sofa to the top of a car.
Photos shared on social media show a Qashqai parked at a shopping centre, in front of a B&M store in Northampton.
The red car has its windows open and a black sofa, upside down, on the roof.
The furniture item appears to be attached to the vehicle with a thick cling film, which goes through the windows.
Sharing the images on Twitter, PC Lee, a traffic police officer in Northamptonshire, wrote: “Another interesting stop. The load isn’t very secure.”
The post attracted numerous reactions by social media users, with one joking: “I suppose they did well to get that far. Sofa, so good.”
Another officer, PC Barnes, commented: “Erm wrapped/tied together with plastic.”
One more person added: “I can’t even believe they thought ‘yep, looks good!'”
Anything carried on the roof of a vehicle must be attached securely to avoid incidents.
Roof-racks and boxes can be useful to carry large items, but drivers need to make sure to stay within the maximum permitted roof load, the AA explains.
The Highway Code says: “You must not overload your vehicle or trailer – you should not tow a weight greater than that recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle.
“You must secure your load and it must not stick out dangerously – make sure any heavy or sharp objects and any animals are secured safely (if there is a collision, they might hit someone inside the vehicle and cause serious injury).
“You should properly distribute the weight in your caravan or trailer with heavy items mainly over the axle(s) and ensure a downward load on the tow ball. Manufacturer’s recommended weight and tow ball load should not be exceeded.
“This should avoid the possibility of swerving or snaking and going out of control. If this does happen, ease off the accelerator and reduce speed gently to regain control.”