Is Your Dash Cam Legal?
Car dash cams are becoming increasingly popular.
Research carried out by Aviva indicates that more drivers are installing a dash cam in their car to keep them safe on the road.
The Aviva survey of around 2,500 motorists found that more than one in four drivers currently use a dash cam on UK roads and believe that others should follow suit. Which? dash cam report.
A dash cam in the car could be compared to having an eyewitness 24/7. Potentially protecting you against fraudulent claims for compensation from an accident that was not your fault.
However, having a dash cam does not automatically decrease your insurance premiums although some insurance providers do take this into consideration.
If you witness an accident you can submit the recording to the police via the national dash cam safety portal. In 2015, footage used in a case resulted in a prison sentence.
It’s a two-way street and your dash cam footage can be used against you. There are things to be aware of to ensure that you are also adhering to the law. The obvious being that the camera must be installed correctly, ensuring that it is strategically placed and with no obstructive wires.
Using a mobile phone, speeding and going through red lights will all be recorded and may be summoned by the police as evidence of your own careless driving. Making changes to the dash cam recording or refusing to provide it could be classed as tampering with evidence.
Don’t forget others privacy. It’s common courtesy to make passengers aware of the presence of a camera and if the vehicle is used for business there could be legal implications if you do not.
A word of warning, if you plan to use the dash cam abroad it is definitely worth checking ahead. In some countries, dash cams are illegal, including Austria, where drivers can be fined £9,000 if caught using a dash cam, with fines of up to £22,000 for repeat offences.
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