Are Dash Cams Legal?

dash cam in front of rainy dashboard

Believe it or not, there are places in the world where it’s not legal to use a dash cam. Austria, for instance, bans dash cams if they’re being used for surveillance or have a view of a public road. In the United States, on the other hand, it’s perfectly legal.

Given Canada’s strict texting while driving laws — which prohibit the use of handheld electronic devices in a vehicle — you may wonder if the laws are strict for dash cams.

The simple answer is no: dash cams aren’t handheld devices, so you are allowed to attach one to your vehicle. You may be wondering, though, are there any other legal implications? We’ll discuss these implications below.

Please note that we are not lawyers and this is not legal advice. Instead, it’s simply intended to be an informative article. Always consult with a lawyer before making legal decisions.

Are Certain Dash Cam Placements Illegal?

Windshield obstructions are discouraged by law enforcement, so if you’re going to get a windshield mounted camera or a dashboard camera, you want to make sure that the driver’s side view of the road isn’t obstructed. So long as mounted dash cams aren’t causing road safety problems by blocking the driver’s view, your placement should be okay.

If in doubt, it’s a good idea to go to professionals who know how to install a dash cam. Instead of simply sticking the camera wherever with a suction cup, they’ll be able to place the camera in the right area.

Are Dash Cam Recordings Admissible In Court?

Dash cams are designed to keep you safe. One of the biggest advantages they offer is that they are essentially a third party witness that can accurately attest to anything that was caught on camera.

Of course, this article isn’t legal advice. But it’s important to note that dash cam recordings are only legal if they haven’t been tampered with. For this reason, it’s advisable to watch the recording before you choose to use it in a legal case. Because all of the captured footage must be available, there could be a moment on the recording which proves you were at fault for the accident.

If your dashcam can record audio and it records a conversation that’s incriminating, you can’t cut it out. If you didn’t check your rearview mirror and caused the crash, you can’t cut that out. If the video is to be used, all of it has to be used.

Want to Get a Dash Cam?

If you want to get a dash cam in Vancouver, you’ve come to the right place. At Sounds Good Auto, we’ve installed cameras on a variety of different vehicles. If you have any questions or want to get a free estimate, please don’t hesitate to contact us at +1 (604) 961-8626.