As oil tankers, whenever we think of dashcams, we imagine a Lada hurtling down Russian streets at Mach 10, or a highway crash where a motorist narrowly avoids an accident. Although the internet is over-saturated with these types of videos, restrictions on their use often come after the fact. Skoda has taken a deep dive to understand dashcam rules and regulations around the world.
Fortunately, here in North America, we’re not too limited in recording our driving trips. In Canada, roads are treated as a public space, which makes it a fair game; meanwhile, for us in the united states, the first amendment means we can record as we please. While documenting our trips is a fair game, road users should still be aware of state rules and regulations. This is not of great concern as the main topics of debate are audio recording and blocking the driver’s field of vision.
In addition to researching the use of the dashcam, Skoda will optimize some of its latest vehicles for use. From 2021, Superb, Kodiaq, Karoq, Scala and Kamiq models will receive USB-C connectors in common places where cameras are placed. These connectors work to clean the usual mess of dashcam wires and cables.
While the restrictions vary widely from country to country, we’re sure you’ve noticed Russia and its seemingly wild set of regulations. This is no surprise, given the constant stream of dashcam videos we see on social media across the country.
Although Russia is the only country where dashcams are completely unlimited, there are others that allow them with red tape. Some areas have rules where the driver’s line of sight must not be obstructed and the faces and license plates of other road users must be blurred before posting images.
While dashcams are a great tool in the event of an unfortunate crash, it’s still important to keep your setup legal.