The decision has just fallen on Tuesday, April 20. Published in the Official Journal, a decree will ban GPS applications from reporting speed controls from November 1, 2021.
« Attention, control zone on your journey “. Soon you will no longer be able to hear this sound indicator to warn you of the presence of speed cameras. The decree n ° 2021-468 of April 19, 2021, has just been published in the Official Journal. It aims to prohibit ” any message likely to signal the presence of law enforcement on electronic services for driving assistance or navigation by geolocation. This decree was signed by the Prime Minister, Jean Castex as well as by the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin.
This is not the first time that authorities have sought to ban these warning messages. In 2011, the Interministerial Road Safety Council tried to ban reporting tools on TomTom and Coyote GPS. The project had been abandoned. As a result, applications now simply have the right to mention the presence of “danger zones” and no longer the exact location of speed cameras.
Road checks can no longer be signaled
Any control concerning the consumption of alcohol, or the verification of the identity of a driver can also no longer be reported. The duration of this ban may not exceed 2 hours if the controls relate to blood alcohol levels or the taking of narcotics. And it will not take effect on motorways and national roads in the following cases: presence of obstacles, accident zone, exceptional weather conditions, etc.
Groups on social networks providing information on traffic and other traffic information will not be penalized by this regulation. They will therefore be able to continue to deliver their prevention messages.
Drivers oppose the decree
« No to the ban on signaling speed controls ». A petition against this decree has been set up by the League for the Defense of Drivers. It has already collected nearly 325,000 signatures.
« By signaling their presence to drivers, the applications play a very active role in everyone’s safety and stabilize the flow of traffic at the maximum authorized speed, which is the goal. The League for the Defense of Drivers said in a statement.
Drivers feel the victims of these bans, fearing that this decision will become widespread in the near future. They consider these reporting tools ” so effective and so useful. The text will enter into force on November 1, 2021.
Source: Turbo.fr – L'info en continu by www.turbo.fr.
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