Are satnavs with speed camera detection illegal in Europe?

I have read in your columns that France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Belgium do not approve of the use of satnavs with speed camera data. Last March I drove in Spain and Portugal without problems using my Garmin NUVI 1440. If my satnav has the kind of data that is not approved in the above countries how can I disconnect that from the satnav? Or should I rely on maps only and leave the satnav at home?

Asked on 21 September 2013 by RB, via email

Answered by Honest John
It should be under the POI section of data, and all you have to do is disable it. Ironically, the last time I drove a car supplied for testing in France it not only had speed camera data but invited drivers to use the system's GPS to upload the location of any new speed cameras he spotted. So it's one of those 'laws' not generally enforced, but always with the chance that it might be by some officious cop.
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