MOTORISTS were left in tears of laughter after a man cheekily stood in front of a mobile speed camera with an umbrella.

On a gloriously sunny day in Ulverston the man was spotted in Priory Road brandishing his brolly next to the yellow mobile speed camera van yesterday morning.

Facebook users have been hailing the man as a legend while he revealed the operative inside the van requested police attendance but he said they told him it would take them 30 minutes to arrive at the scene.

The man's daughter posted footage of the incident on Facebook to which one user replied: "Your dad is a legend."


Fixed speed cameras have a set trigger for catching people speeding, however, it is unconfirmed what most are set at so it's not worth gambling and assuming they give you 10%.

Mobile speeding cameras, however, are operated by individuals, so it is up to their discretion to issue you a fine - or worse - if you are over the legal speed limit.

The law states that you are liable for a speeding fine as soon as you exceed the limit, so if you’re doing 31mph in a 30 limit or 71mph on a motorway, you’re breaking the law and could well receive a fine.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) recommends giving drivers a so-called ‘10% plus 2’ leeway, to aid police officers in using 'discretion', however, this is just a recommendation, not the law.

It is well worth remembering this is totally dependent on the officer who catches the speeder, and it is up to that officer whether to fine the offender or not.

On a straight section of road the typical range for a mobile speed camera is two miles.