Taxi driver fined after blocking
camera van with umbrella
A taxi driver from Cambridgeshire has been fined and ordered to pay costs after he deliberately blocked the view of a mobile speed camera with an umbrella.
Cambridge Magistrates Court heard that Rawat Khan approached Nigel Field, a camera operator in Beds, Herts and Cambs, as he operated a mobile camera from a marked van last June.
He initially obstructed the camera by standing in front of the open window and arguing with Mr Field, a member of police staff and a qualified and experienced camera technician.
He then walked away and returned, opening up an umbrella to block the view of the camera and laser device.
Khan attended Cambridge Magistrates Court on January 6, 2020, where he pleaded guilty to obstruction of a designated officer.
He was fined £266 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £30.
The team at Beds, Herts and Cambs have expressed their thanks to Road Safety Support for the advice we provided to members in 2018 on the new offence of Camera Operator Obstruction, which greatly assisted the investigating officers with this case.