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    The law on screens in the UK.

    Just thought I would post this for all the members in the UK.
    This is how the law stands for monitors or TV's in cars at the moment, any questions let me know.

    Regulation 109 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 provides for the use of television sets or other monitors in motor vehicles

    109(1) No person shall drive, or cause or permit to be driven, a motor vehicle on a road, if the driver is in such a position as to be able to see, whether directly or by reflection, a television receiving apparatus or other cinematographic apparatus used to display anything other than information:
    (a) about the state of the vehicle or its equipment;
    (b) about the location of the vehicle and the road on which it is located;
    (c) to assist the driver to see the road adjacent to the vehicle; or
    (d) to assist the driver to reach his destination.

    TELEVISION RECEIVING APPARATUS
    In this regulation means any cathode ray tube carried on a vehicle and on which there can be displayed an image derived from a television broadcast, a recording or a camera or computer.
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    all sounds ok then, long as I've got my gps on :-) O and btw if you see me plodding along in my m3 round bolton.. please dont stop me ;-) Only living in Westhoughton I aint to far from u

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    I haven't been stopped yet with the CarPC .... but its only time before I am, I get stopped on a regular basis just for spot checks.

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    CRT is NOT LCD, but still I do not want to be the one setting up precedens in trials.

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    See here

    UK Legality of Car PCs


    I wouldn't test the law to be honest on the CRT

    Delaw, are you a copper/lawyer, if so any other useful advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UK_MP3Car
    I haven't been stopped yet with the CarPC .... but its only time before I am, I get stopped on a regular basis just for spot checks.
    I got stopped for overtaking a traffic police a few weeks ago hence why I thought I would double check the law myself... they didn't say anything at all about the car pc, probably because it looked OEM but I figure it doesn't hurt to find out as much info as possible... Ideally so you can make damn sure it's legal and pull out a wad of info if they do decide to be arsy.
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    2 points

    If you read that carefully:

    1) It doesnt specify CRT or LCD, just monitors.

    2) It says any equipment used to display anything other than (legit info).

    So, I read from that - It doesnt matter if the screen is displaying OBD or Divx movies at the time, the fact is that under scrutiny any of the current front ends are illegal. Unless one could demonsrate that those functions are locked out whilst moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoSS
    2 points

    If you read that carefully:

    1) It doesnt specify CRT or LCD, just monitors.

    2) It says any equipment used to display anything other than (legit info).

    So, I read from that - It doesnt matter if the screen is displaying OBD or Divx movies at the time, the fact is that under scrutiny any of the current front ends are illegal. Unless one could demonsrate that those functions are locked out whilst moving.
    It specified Cathode Ray Tube. CRT. BUT it's not worth testing the law in my opinion.

    Have a look at my link for a more complete section of the bit from the law...

    NONE of the current front ends are illegal (in my opinion) so long as you aren't playing video while driving. There is NO requirement to lock out functions such as video it simply says you are allowed INFORMATION showing which could be OBDII info, MP3 track info, info about the current road, tyre pressure you name it.
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    Although it states CRT you would be hard pressed to convince a magistrate that an LCD was different. Maybe coz they are usually old F**ts.

    In reply to stevieg, unfortunatly I am a cop but on the good side I have just installed my first carpc.

    Basically as long as your not watching movies or porn you should be ok.

    If you have visuals on make sure you can flick back quickly before the cop gets to your door.

    The only reason I would stop a car with a display would be to have a nosey and give compliments, some traffic cops do get a little over excited when they see a chance to give a ticket.

    New legislation comes out this year sometime which will require all GPS systems to give voice directions as looking at a screen can put you off, but saying that checking out the ladies does the same to me

    As soon as it changes I will post it on here.
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    Delaw, you would probbaly know about some geezer up in Preston (or somewhere up there) who got done for watching a DVD in his car. My dad told me about it (lives in Chorley).

    UK_MP3car why do you get stopped regularly for spot checks? Do you rag around like a boy racer??????

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