A new law just fell and it won’t please motorists who use a driving assistant! Since Tuesday April 20, a waste has prevented GPS applications from signaling speed controls. Goodbye to that beep warning you of the imminent approach of a radar. You really need to relax.
Or pay fines as you see fit! The decree, jointly signed by Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, and Jean Castex, Prime Minister, prohibits “any message that could signal the presence of the police in electronic services for driving or navigation assistance through geolocation. We have been warned!
Decree No. 2021-468 of April 19, 2021 has just been published in the Official Gazette. And this is not the first time the government has tried to ban the dissemination of this information. TomTom and Coyote were already in sight in 2011 when they forbade them to prevent control zones … As a danger zone is mentioned in the applications, which all motorists understand as a radar zone!
And what is changing?
Applications such as Coyote, Waze or TomTom can no longer report traffic controls. This concerns alcohol tests and identity checks. And that for 2 hours from the moment they are installed. On the other hand, social groups and networks are not affected by these measures and are therefore not punished. Preventive messages can therefore continue to be disseminated. And this measure does not affect highways or old nationals who have become departments in the following cases:
Accident zones Unusual weather conditions Presence of obstacles on the road Applications such as Coyote, Waze or TomTom can no longer signal roadside checks … Photo credit: Shutterstock / Frederic Legrand – COMEO
The driver league is increasing!
An online petition entitled “No to the ban on signaling speed controls” has already collected almost 326,000 signatures. She opposes this new decree, arguing that these hazard zone warnings play an active role in the safety of every driver.
According to this petition, signaling control zones also allow cruise control over long distances. And avoid the last-minute braking or the accordion effect which is dangerous on busy roads … Anyway, this decree will come into effect on November 1st, 2021 … don’t be surprised if you get there on that date no longer are warned of a control zone, it will be the work of this new decree!