Dash cams must be positioned in certain areas of the windscreen otherwise road users could be hit with devastating penalties. Police could claim a dash cam has distracted your eyes from the road or impaired your road vision which may lead to a car crash.
The Highway Code says windscreens and windows must be kept clear and free from obstructions at all times.
Anything placed on your windscreen which limits your vision could see road users issued a £100 on the spot fine.
However, if the case goes to court motorists could be handed up to three penalty points on their licence and a £1,000 fine.
In extreme cases, motorists may be charged with driving without due care and attention which could see fines rise to £2,500.
“Making sure any footage has a good balance of road and sky which will help with exposure, if your dash cam links to a smartphone you can check this while setting it up.”
According to experts at Roadhawk, no part of a device should intrude on more than 10mm within the area directly in front of the steering wheel.
The experts say no more than 40mm of any camera, cradle, suction cup or cable should interfere with the area to the left of the wheel as this is where the windscreen wipers are operated.
Breaking the Highway Code is also likely to see your car insurance policy invalidated which will lead to motorists having to pay for damages or repairs.
Dash cams could still be blamed as distracting your attention from the road and invalidate a policy even if this was not the direct cause.
This is because footage can be taken from the camera after an accident to review a claim with insurers likely to comment on the positioning of the camera.
If this is found to be directly in the middle of a windscreen in a position which may have made it difficult to see, insurers will not pay for repairs.
Road Hawk says the camera should be mounted between the rear video mirror and windscreen.
They say this would place the camera completely away from a driver’s view and would therefore meet all legal requirements.
This vital rule remains in place for anything which could distract motorists from the road.
Devices such as a mobile phone or satellite navigation system could also become a source of fines for motorists.
Generally dash cams are a positive addition to a vehicle as they can help work out who is at fault during a car insurance claim.
This is particularly the case during a suspected crash for cash fraud as the circumstances of the accident will be properly revealed.
Police already use dash cam footage inside their cars and have appealed for motorists to upload their own footage of incidents through an online portal.
Published at Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:07:00 +0000