Dash cams have soared in popularity over the past few years as their benefits have been more widely publicised.
They can be used as a defence in the event of a crash and some insurers also offer a discounted premium to motorists that actively use them in their car.
While they are soaring in proliferation across Britain, the same sentiment about the devices is not shared across Europe.
In fact, a number of EU countries will punish drivers for using a dash cam while abroad, and there is even the risk of a prison sentence for using one.
For example, in Austria the use of dash cams is outlawed and motorists caught using one can be fined up to £9,000. This can soar to a whopping £22,000 for repeat offences.
Other countries across Europe have different fines or punishments a driver can be handed if they are using them.
Drivers in Portugal and Luxembourg are completely banned from using one and in the latter country motorists can even face face prison time if caught.
While some EU countries completely ban them, there are some that allow driver stop film while driving but have serval restrictions in place in regards to sharing or using the footage.
For example in Germany, drivers can use them cameras but must not post it to social media.
Drivers in France and Belgium are strictly only allowed to use the footage for ‘private use’ or they could face punishment.
Tim Shallcross, head of technical policy and advice at IAM Roadsmart, said: “The dash cam can be a double-edged sword.
“It may show that you were not to blame in a crash, but the camera itself and any memory card used with it can be seized by the police if they suspect an offence has been committed.
“The internet now has lots of examples of drivers and riders who have been convicted on the evidence of their own helmet camera or dash cam.”
Here are the restrictions in place across a number of different European countries and what punishments motorists can face.
The law surrounding dash cams in Austria is perplexing as it is not illegal to own one. However, it is completely illegal to use one and drivers caught could face fines of up to around £9,000 and up to £22,000 for repeat offenders.
Similarly to Austria, owning a dash cam in Luxembourg is not illegal but using one is not allowed. If you do end up taking one abroad with you make sure it is not in use as you could face a prison sentence.
It is completely illegal to own and use a dash cam, so make sure you leave it at home.
You can both own and use one, but only for ‘private use’. This means that if there is an accident, the driver is reasonable for informing all the parties before submitting the footage as evidence.
Similarly to Belgium, the cameras are restricted to private use and cannot upload the footage online. In the case of an accident, the footage must go straight to the police.
like in the UK and France, the camera must not restrict the driver’s view and if shared online any faces and number plates must be obscured to comply with the country’s privacy laws.
The rules echo those of them in the Uk in the sense that it must be out of the way of the driver’s view.
While it is not illegal to use a dash cam there are a lot of heavy restrictions which makes its uses fairly redundant.
It must not be used for entertainment and documenting a journey as there has to be a legal purpose to recording.
Other drivers must be aware they are being recorded. In addition to this strict privacy laws inhibit the illicit recording of people, places, and other cars that are not related to the incident.
The countries in Europe that legally permit the use of dash cams:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Published at Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:35:00 +0000