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Where are Dash Cams legal across Europe?

Albania

Ensure the Dash Cam doesn’t obscure the view or distract the driver in any way.

Andorra

For private use only. Must not obstruct the driver in any way.

Armenia

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Austria
Illegal

Very strict. Your first fine can be a five-figure sum! Yikes.

Azerbaijan

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Belarus

Ensure the Dash Cam doesn’t obscure the view or distract the driver in any way.

Belgium
Legal with conditions

You can use a Dash Cam, but the footage is for private use only. If you're involved in an incident you must inform all parties involved before sending the footage anywhere.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ensure the Dash Cam doesn’t obscure the view or distract the driver in any way.

Bulgaria

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver's view or distract them.

Croatia

Ensure the Dash Cam doesn’t obscure the view or distract the driver in any way.

Czech Republic

Ensure the Dash Cam doesn’t obscure the view or distract the driver in any way.

Denmark

Ensure the Dash Cam doesn’t obscure the view or distract the driver in any way.

Estonia

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Finland

Make sure you hide identities – faces and number plates as required.

France
Legal with conditions

Dash Cams must not obstruct the driver's view. Footage is only for private use and cannot be uploaded to the internet, if you record evidence it must be sent straight to the police.

Georgia

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Germany
Legal with conditions

Must not obstruct the driver's view or be a distraction. Any footage shared publicly must have faces and number plates blurred. Also, footage must be continuously overwritten and only saved when an incident occurs.

Greece

Use of Dash Cams is a fairly grey area in Greece. They are legal for personal use but are illegal for publication and insurance purposes. They can only really be used in defence of criminal charges.

Hungary

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver's view. Footage is only for private use and must be removed after five days.

Iceland
Legal with conditions

Sole regulation is that it is not a distraction to the driver and doesn’t impair their vision.

Ireland

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver's view or distract them in any way.

Italy

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver's view or distract them in any way.

Latvia

If you want to send footage to police or show it in court, you will need to blur faces/license plates.

Lithuania

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Luxembourg
Illegal

Owning one is allowed but using it to record is not. Put it in your glovebox when in country!

Malta

The Dash Cam must not distract the driver or obscure their view of the road in any way. For privacy reasons faces and number plates must be blurred and unrecognisable.

Macedonia

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Moldova

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Montenegro

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Netherlands

The publication of footage is allowed, people must comply with privacy legislation ensuring faces and number plates are blurred out. Dash Cam must not impair the driver's view or ability to driver safely in any way.

Norway
Legal with conditions

Sole regulation is that it is not a distraction to the driver and doesn’t impair their vision.

Poland

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Portugal
Illegal

Owning one is illegal and so is using one. Make sure you leave yours at home if planning to drive to Portugal.

Romania

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Russia

Place in in a discreet place where it won’t impair the driver.

Serbia

The Dash Cam must not distract the driver or obscure their view of the road in any way. For privacy reasons faces and number plates must be blurred and unrecognisable.

Spain

Must not obstruct the driver’s field of vision.

Slovakia

Must not obstruct the driver’s field of vision. Must only be used as evidence for an incident.

Slovenia

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Sweden

The Dash Cam must not distract the driver or obscure their view of the road in any way. For privacy reasons faces and number plates must be blurred and unrecognisable.

Switzerland
Legal with conditions

In theory, they are legal, yet there are many regulations attached to using one, making it next to impossible to get any legal use out of a Dash Cam while obeying Swiss law.

Turkey

Dash Cam must not obstruct the driver. Faces and number plates must not be recognisable.

Ukraine

The Dash Cam must not distract the driver or obscure their view of the road in any way. For privacy reasons, faces and number plates must be blurred and unrecognisable.

United Kingdom

The Dash Cam must not distract the driver or obscure their view of the road. For privacy reasons, faces and number plates but be blurred and unrecognisable.

 

Dash Cams have become a hugely important piece of in-car technology, they act as an independent witness and record everything that happens in front of the car, as well as behind the vehicle with a Rear Camera Module. Governments, insurers and police forces are progressively recognising the usefulness of Dash Cams and accepting Dash Cam footage as evidence more and more. See the map below to discover where Dash Cams are legal, legal with conditions and illegal.