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Steve Farrell  says:

France bans sat navs with speed camera warnings

Sat navs and smart phones which warn of speed camera locations have been banned in France. Offenders face a fine of €1500 (£1237). Sat nav manufacturers are advising customers to switch off the speed camera warning function while in France. The ban, introduced on January 4, has been branded unenforceable by critics who say police will not be able to...

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Mar 06

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colinS2R says:


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Sep 10

Posts: 18

luxybob says:

Maybe a bit to dramatic

Whilst it correct that the use of radar warning devices is subject to a fine of €1500 and 6 points, these being devices that calculate the proximity of the radar camera and the vehicle. The manufacturers have a way round it in terms of advertising warning areas:

"Through a protocol signed with the Ministry of the Interior, July 28, 2011, manufacturers have pledged not to report the location of fixed and mobile radars, or other road control devices. The number of identified hazard areas will be far higher than the number of radars to encourage motorists to moderate their average speed."

So, you may find that maps of France no longer show cameras but rather have loads of hazard areas (as per the article).

Also, there are still going to be warning signs up prior to the fixed cameras, the old ones showing the camera image are being replaced with a sign indicating what speed you are going at, so if you see these then check your speed.

Anyway, hows it going to be enforced, if you are stopped, nope only hazard areas on this mate.




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Aug 02

Posts: 557

winger says:

It's a device to tell you about the police with the camera on a tripod that you need,I'm about as bothered about setting cameras off in France as the French are over here,they'll sort a system out in the end,but thats years off,cuz it's all about making money not enforcing the law.

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Feb 09

Posts: 76

brevav2 says:

As with all 'Speed Camera's'  (scamera's) its a money making venture, no matter which country you care to mention, if sat nav users receive prior warning and slow down, the French state is losing revenue, not good news for them, hence this ban, nothing to do with safety.

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Jun 10

Posts: 26

blah says:

Seriously? Who cares. Just ignore it. It's unenforcable.

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Aug 03

Posts: 54

DaveyM says:

I don't need a reason to avoid France but they have given me 2 in a couple of weeks with the hi-vis thing. It'll be Dunkirk and turn left for me now......

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Jan 09

Posts: 35

trogan4 says:

They just don't want us too go there!

My Garmin 660 has all of these features and true I very rearly use them but the police wont know that!

the planned routes & pointsof interest will cause problems over there so may bee I wont go anymore!

Wwhy should I have to think along these lines instead ofenjoying the rides over there I'll be constantly watching the speedetc all  for thier revenue!


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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Makes the sacrifice of all those who liberated the French (twice) all the more pointless and unappreciated by those they helped.  Tip - ride in large groups, at high speed, and don't stop for them. They have absolutely no idea how to deal with that scenario. Wankers.

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Feb 10

Posts: 192

wesley01 says:


Nice thinking france since every single sat nav has speed camera warnings installed on them. So what they are saying is they will fine anyone with a sat nav, im laughing so hard. France can kiss my ass if they think im taking my hard earned money and spending it there.

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Dec 10

Posts: 237

blue200tdi says:

My Sat-nav doesn't have speed camera warnings, nor do I need them, don't speed, simple really! And do these people really think the French police care whether it is turned on or not, or that they can even prove you had one? Er, no, they'll just fine you at the roadside, no money or credit/debit card and they'll impound your vehicle!

I believe that in France just owning a device to warn of speed cameras has been illegal for many years, so even owning a sat-nav with such a device would be illegal.

I love France and always will, get away from the tourist areas in the north and especially Paris, and it's a fine place to holiday to!

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