Dash-Cams illegal in Spain ?

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In Novembers issue on MMM magazine a person has asked for clarification about Dash-Cams being illegal in Spain with a fine of up to €2000 if caught using one. The Editors response was that they were waiting for clarification on this from the Spanish authorities.
Does any member know what the actual facts are regarding this development. It's news to me.
 

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ANY screen placed where the driver can see it is. strictly speaking, illegal in Spain, and that includes GPS's** !!
Simple answer re dash cams is to place them to the passenger side of the screen out of reach of the driver and where the driver cannot see the screen

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The laws were changes a LITTLE about 5 years ago as they realised making GPS units illegal was folly.
So many new cars were fitted them as standard the Spanish govt would have ended up haing to take on the automotive lobby which is, quite frankly, a total non-starter
For some time a good friend of mine worked in a Lexus main dealers and they had to remove the fuse before delivery ( showing the customer exactly how and where to replace it of course ! )
 
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Jaws

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Addendum ..
I forgot to say how this info came to me.
A tour of Spain ( semi official and run by one of the large Spanish motorcycle operators ) fell foul of the rules and an awful lot of the bikers ended up with fines for the following:

Having a GPS where it could be operated/seen by the rider
Having intercoms between bikes and or other audio devices fitted in helmets
Having 'loose loads' as many had kit bungy'd to fitted luggage ( not loose of course but the police in question insisted that only cargo straps were safe )
I have been shown one of the tickets issued and with the help of a Spanish speaker can confirm the above happened .
The fines imposed varied but basically they all copped for 100 €.
 
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ANY screen placed where the driver can see it is. strictly speaking, illegal in Spain, and that includes GPS's** !!
Simple answer re dash cams is to place them to the passenger side of the screen out of reach of the driver and where the driver cannot see the screen
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I'd just stick a bit of card/plastic over the screen when in Spain, you don't need the screen anyway. I think on some you can turn off the screen, you can on the very cheap(and low res) one in my MH, but not on the HD one I'm replacing it with.:doh:
 

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The units I have been getting you can turn the screen off.. In that mode it comes on for a about 2 or 3 minutes then goes off
 
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Not been to Spain in the MoHo, so can't comment on that aspect, but my 'dash-cam' is a complete screen/camera unit which clips over the interior driving mirror. Just looks like a bigger mirror with an under-slung tiny camera which is rotatable and suits both RHD and LHD vehicles. The screen - an integral part of unit - has a switch-off facility, thereby returning it to a driving mirror (which I don't need because my van's got no rear window). Maybe a unit like this would suffice?
 
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The units I have been getting you can turn the screen off.. In that mode it comes on for a about 2 or 3 minutes then goes off
Good!
I've been turning the bloody thing back on each time it goes blank, resulting in a boatload of files to playback instead of one?
Dunno how to turn it on permanently, but that's ok.

Message here:
leave the damn thing alone and just use it.

Thanks, John.(y)

Techno Muppet, News at 10, N.Lincs.:doh:
 
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I have a Roadhawk HD which doesn't have a screen so presumably no problem.
Me too ! I didn't realise Dash Cam's had screens.!! The post in the November issue refers to generic Dash Cams and does not make any reference to those fitted with a screen. The Editor does say's some sources say their is no problem in Europe and other sources say they are illegal in Spain and waiting for the Spanish Authorities to confirm. Also not aware that Sat Nav's were an issue.
 

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Good!
I've been turning the bloody thing back on each time it goes blank, resulting in a boatload of files to playback instead of one?
Dunno how to turn it on permanently, but that's ok.

Message here:
leave the damn thing alone and just use it.

Thanks, John.(y)

Techno Muppet, News at 10, N.Lincs.:doh:
This techno muppet is still trying to work out how the dash fitting and camera cradle go together:whistle:
 

Jaws

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Good!
I've been turning the bloody thing back on each time it goes blank, resulting in a boatload of files to playback instead of one?
Dunno how to turn it on permanently, but that's ok.

Message here:
leave the damn thing alone and just use it.

Thanks, John.(y)

Techno Muppet, News at 10, N.Lincs.:doh:
In the menu there is an option re LED Screen.
You can set the default to either off or on (y)
 

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I have done a bit of searching around re the sat nav thing.
It seems you will be ok to use one - as long as 1. You don't 'operate' it whilst driving and 2. You disable any speed camera alerts.
That's the best advice I can find.
Its daft to suggest satnav is banned!!!(y)
 
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