Waze now illegal to use in France. Is your country next?

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Waze now illegal to use in France. Is your country next?

Postby Rokcet » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:02 pm

France has introduced some new rules for road warriors. One is that every car is required to have 2 functional breathalyzers on board. Another is that devices with navigation software that report speed traps and red light cameras are prohibited to even be carried in cars! Let alone switched on!

So Waze is now officially illegal in France.
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Postby Briedijs » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:08 pm

OMG that's crazy! :( This means other countries can dovthe same! :( Sad...


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Re: Waze now illegal to use in France. Is your country next?

Postby Rokcet » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:14 pm

edbrady wrote:OMG that's crazy! :( This means other countries can dovthe same! :( Sad...


Yep! For instance countries that have a deficit and 'need' the extra 'revenue' from fines to alleviate budget problems.
And what country today does NOT have a deficit/budget problem!
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Postby argus-cronos » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:34 pm

Whole EU needs money :shock:
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Postby Rokcet » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:47 pm

argus-cronos wrote:Whole EU needs money :shock:


You do the math...
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Postby asterix06 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:58 pm

For what I remember I had the same problem in Switzerland early 90th
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Postby asterix06 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:59 pm

Like for many other radio equipment, you can own it, but you can not use it

Related to Waze . In countries which such a problem, we could simply disable speedcam futon the map
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Re: Waze now illegal to use in France. Is your country next?

Postby Rokcet » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:34 pm

asterix06 wrote:Related to Waze . In countries which such a problem, we could simply disable speedcam futon the map


...and, in France, you will still get a huge fine! Because it is illegal to have a device – no matter whether it is switched on or off – with navigation capabilities including speedtrap notification or information IN YOUR CAR.

So disabling speedtrap functionality is not enough! If you have an app like Waze on your device and in your car, in whatever condition, you are culpable.

So now we wait for some idiot to duct tape his device, with Waze running, to his OUTSIDE rearview mirror believing this law does not apply to him. :mrgreen:
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Postby argus-cronos » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:53 pm

To have 2 functional breathalyzers on board is more stupid to me. That's ridiculous and what's next? Have a coffee machine on board for the Flics that they can drink a cup while they checking Waze on your Phone :-) Stupid european laws....

think it's possible to change the Waze icon on the screen, if they really looking for the blue waze icon on the device.
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Re: Waze now illegal to use in France. Is your country next?

Postby Rokcet » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:06 pm

argus-cronos wrote:To have 2 functional breathalyzers on board is more stupid to me. That's ridiculous and what's next?


That is exactly the question!

think it's possible to change the Waze icon on the screen, if they really looking for the blue waze icon on the device.


Of course, piece of cake! You can already do that today. Spoof icons. And we all know cops are so thick that it will take 'm 10 years to catch on again to that high-brow trick... And there will be all sorts of other loopholes and workarounds developed. All illegalized, sooner or later. It's an 'arms race'. But that's not the point. The point is that all this is steadily moving in a very undesirable direction. A direction that slowly but surely shapes a society where just about everything is basically declared illegal = punishable, and consequently a permanent 'sword of Damocles' hanging over every citizen's head. A society where an atmosphere of permanent threat, coercion, and fear is the norm. A fascist society.
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