I’m posting this from another forum because I thought it is VERY interesting information for us all to know!
My friend had an e-mail through this week from a guy who had been stopped near the French/ Spanish border and fined 105 euro’s for using an earpiece on his sat nav.
He has been in touch with the French Tourism office in London who have confirmed it is illegal to use an ear piece of any kind, including sat nav, mobile phones.
Surely it defeats the object of using the voice control so you can concentrate on the road ahead, instead you will have to take your eyes off the road to physically look at it. What a load of ********! :blink:
The information officer states ‘Unfortunately, the ear pieces are forbidden even on a motorcycle; some police officers would probably accept it, but some others won’t.’
I thought we were part of one Europe now? obviously not :ermm:
Also, some EC countries (sorry this isn’t very helpful. I can’t remember which) have a problem with satnavs full stop (something to do with them issuing warnings about speed cameras, and gadgets that identify speed cam’s are illegal in some countries).
Any device that indicates the location of a speed camera, including a satnav is illegal in Switzerland. Although French police used to conviscate satnavs for having speed camera databases on them, this was illegal, as it is only speed camera detecting equipment which is illegal in France.
Ah. Thanks for that. (Having said which, the Swiss frontier police weren’t bothered about my very prominent satnav - that I spent a fair while piddling around with on the border - last year. I’ll be more careful in future though)
I do loads of mileage on the Continent and never had a problem with SatNav or music…wouldn’t expect it on most borders now but, even on the closed ones, I’ve never had hassle. Been pulled on a few occassions for not looking at my speedo enough and , again , never been a problem…I guess it’s down to the individual traffic cop as to what he does…