In some European countries it’s illegal to use them & could land you a huge fine or even a prison sentence!
In the UK dash cams have become extremely popular, used by many drivers in their vehicle to protect themselves in the event of an accident.
A number of insurers now offer motorists a discount if they use them and see them as beneficial in the event of a crash and having to make a claim.
Nonetheless, in some European countries using a dash cam is illegal and could see you facing a huge fine or even a prison sentence if caught using one.
Using a dash cam in Austria is totally illegal and drivers caught using one could be fined £9,000 – this increases to £22,000 for repeat offenders!
Drivers in Luxembourg are banned from using dash cams and if caught using one could be jailed, whilst in Portugal drivers are banned from owning one never mind using one – so remember to leave yours at home if you’re travelling here!
And whilst there’s some EU countries that have a total ban on them, others allow them to be used but place restrictions on how you use the footage.
In Germany for instance, drivers are allowed to use them but cannot post any footage on social media websites, whereas in Belgium and France, footage is for “private use” only.
Dash cam’s can be used in Norway but similar rules apply that we have in the UK. In Switzerland, you can also use them but so many restrictions apply that it makes it pretty pointless even having one.
Head of technical policy and advice at IAM Roadsmart, Tim Shallcross, 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.”
Some EU countries where dash cam use is legal:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
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