HGV driver fired for speed camera obstruction

A lorry driver has been sacked after being found guilty of deliberately parking his vehicle in front of a mobile speed camera van and obstructing staff. South Yorkshire police said the behaviour of the unnamed driver, who was in his 50s, was “particularly disappointing” given he drove for a living and spent a greater amount of time on the road.

The HGV driver parked his truck in front of the camera in Maltby, near Rotherham and when questioned by staff and asked to move on, he became obnoxious and began filming the events to share on social media.

The police said safety camera partnership staff were granted delegated powers, the same as operational police officers and it was a criminal offence to obstruct them in their duties.

He was reported on summons for obstructing a member of police staff in the execution of his duty, but the force also informed his employer of his behaviour and it said the company was now taking action against him.

Matthew Collings, roads policing inspector, said: “Unfortunately we see incidents like this far too often.

“We know that speed cameras lead to conversations about money generation, however, this is actually about making South Yorkshire’s roads safer.

“We have sadly experienced nine fatal collisions within South Yorkshire this year and a large number resulting in seriously injured drivers and passengers.”


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