unlawful use of Satnav on Mainland Europe.

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  1. savantuk

    savantuk Read Only Funster

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    I've done a search, both here, and on the internet regarding this questions, and the answers I've read, seem pretty equivocal.

    Some say thare are OK, yet others say that they can only be used if the Speedtrap POI's are disabled.

    I believe, from my research, that Speedtrap POI's can be left functional, and that the only illegal speedtrap devices are the 'active' ones, operated by a radar detector mounted in the cab.

    Does anybody have a definative answer?? I've used satnav before many times in Europe, with Speedtrap POI's enabled, but then again, I've never been stopped, and had it examined by a police officer.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Doug

    this question was discussed a while back,

    Safety ( speed) camera POIs on sat navs are perfectly legal.. active detectors are illegal ..

    jim
     
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    I noted this down earlier this year, trouble is I can't remember the source so i don't know how reliable it is.

    Country>POI's >Detectors
    Austria Permitted Prohibited
    Belgium Permitted Prohibited
    Bosnia-Herz. Prohibited Prohibited
    BulgariaProhibited Prohibited
    Cyprus Prohibited Prohibited
    Czech Rep. Prohibited Prohibited
    Denmark Permitted Prohibited
    Finland Permitted Prohibited
    France Permitted Prohibited
    GermanyProhibited Prohibited
    Hungary Permitted Permitted
    Ireland Prohibited Prohibited
    Italy Permitted Prohibited
    Luxembourg Permitted Prohibited
    Macedonia Prohibited Prohibited
    Netherlands Permitted Prohibited
    Norway Permitted Prohibited
    Portugal Permitted Prohibited
    Russia Permitted some types permitted
    Slovakia Permitted Prohibited
    Sweden Permitted Prohibited
    Switzerland Prohibited Prohibited
    UK Permitted legislation in preparation
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Yes that's it Jim, "IAM" thanks. I wonder if people are prosecuted. I note that in most of the countries where POI's are prohibited they also have on-the-spot fines, so it might be a good way for copper to fill their coffers:Smile:
     
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    Just noticed there is no Spain in the IAM list!
     
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    More than likely .. I can't see how every cop could be trained on every type of sat nav and know if they were active or not .. looks like a money spinner, who's going to argue with a cop writing a ticket and sporting 9 mm on his belt..
     
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    Wow that's news to me. I didn't know that Speed Trap POI's were illegal anywhere.
    I see on the IAM site that they are prohibited in Ireland.

    I don't use my Tomtom very much in Ireland - I always know where I am going :BigGrin:

    But my daughter frequently borrows it. When I ask her why she uses it when I would have thought she already knew the route, she told me that she uses the audio warning that tells you when you are exceeding the speed limit on any road not just at POI's
     
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    Thanks to those who replied. The IAM link is particularly useful.

    Doug
     
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    Cyprus has no longer got any fixed speed cameras:Rofl1: they fell out with the German Contaractor and there still trying to negotiate with a new one:thumb:


    best part was when the German Company installed them they for got Cyprus is the same as the UK so thy all faced the wrong way ,took them a further 3 months to sort i :lol
     
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    Maybe a more recent court decision than this one below.

    refering to RADAR not GPS but still different info.

    taken from....speed camera detectors from Origin, Road Angel, Snooper, GPS detectors, radar detectors and laser detectors

    Are they legal to use?
    Yes but only in the England and Germany. Radar detectors became legal in England following a judgement of the Queens court in 1998. However, in most European countries it is illegal to use a speed trap detector or radar detector and, in some, it is illegal to even own one. If you are taking your car to any other European countries we suggest that you check the law in the country you are travelling to.
     
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