A Dashcam records video footage while you drive so that you have evidence should anything happen. Some insurers in the UK will accept footage from Dashcams to settle who was at fault in an accident and it is also admissible in court. The UK courts saw its first jail sentence handed out after using Dashcam footage back in 2015.
Until now, the legality of Dashcams in vehicles in Germany has been unclear. It was legal to use Dashcams, but the filmed material was often not admitted as evidence in court. So now when you travel abroad to Germany you can rest easy in the knowledge that should anything happen on the roads you’ll have proof you can rely on in court.
Video material as evidence
The German Federal Supreme Court (BHG) ruling states that the records of Dashcams are now accepted as evidence in court proceedings. Although the recordings seemed to violate data protection law the parties involved in an accident would have to provide personal, insurance and driving licence information anyway.
The Dashcam ruling also imposes restrictions
The permanent recording of the traffic flow and the publication of the material remains prohibited. Dashcams need a few technical adjustments to meet the requirements of the courts. Records must be automatically overwritten after a fixed period. In the event of an accident, some Dashcams have a vibration function to save the recording. When the camera senses an unnatural shock it protects the active recording.
Using Dashcams Abroad
In many other European countries, there are less detailed legal regulations. However, the ADAC advises against its use in Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland. In Austria, Dashcams are subject to approval. If you want to use Dashcams in other European countries, you should always check before you travel.
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