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I'm wondering what the legality is regarding double din screen systems that incorporate TV tuners or DVD players. Although these systems look really smart, are they actually legal for use in this purpose in the UK as they are in view of the driver? :confused:
 

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Most have a feature so that if the handbrake is off then tv or movies cannot be watched. It is very easy to override that feature though
 

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Is this quite a commonly done thing then? Does seem a bit strange that you are allowed to have a sat nav on the screen - which could distract your eyes from the road just as much as anything else - but nothing else on whilst driving
 

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I can't find anything regarding British Law on this ??, but in the U.S. it's certainly not legal to install a T.V. or video screen within view of the driver.
Taking into consideration that Yanks are off the wall - If their Law says NO, would the U.K. allow it.
I don't think so.
 

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I can't find anything regarding British Law on this ??, but in the U.S. it's certainly not legal to install a T.V. or video screen within view of the driver.
Taking into consideration that Yanks are off the wall - If their Law says NO, would the U.K. allow it.
I don't think so.
Its illegal to watch when driving but not a problem if your not watching it
 

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Its illegal to watch when driving but not a problem if your not watching it
It must be in the small print somewhere, ?
The "Old Bill" and the Courts would have a field day in the event of an accident.
How would the driver be able to prove that he wasn't watching it, after he had driven up the backside of another vehicle.:confused:;)
 

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I read somewhere that any screen in the view of the driver cannot show motion picture whilst the car is being driven. Are the screens that come mounted on the passenger sun visor included in this?

It is arguable what is actually in your line of vision..

The switch must only disable the screen on the main unit? For example how is it possible for rear screens to work when the vehicle is in motion?
 

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Its actually the other way round. How would the police prove you were watching it. Remember you are innocent until proven guilty
 

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Regarding TV in a car that is moving, would it display a decent quality picture anyway?
 

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Regarding TV in a car that is moving, would it display a decent quality picture anyway?
I think so, it would probably depend on reception in the area you were in and potentially needing a booster aerial. I have a mate who has a TV tuner in his car so I will enquire!
 

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After looking at a couple of systems, seems to be that the main screen picture is disabled when the handbrake is off, but external monitors can still show the pictures - at least those systems with dual zone functions can anyway.

Looking at getting a sun visor screen to hookup so that can show dvds for the passenger whilst driving. But still trying to clarify whether this would still be counted as "visible to the driver" and thus illegal.

If it is hooked up to the passenger visor you clearly arent going to be watching it as a driver, but I suppose technically if you made the effort to crane your neck it probably still is visible! Seems very much open to interpretation..
 

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After looking at a couple of systems, seems to be that the main screen picture is disabled when the handbrake is off, but external monitors can still show the pictures - at least those systems with dual zone functions can anyway.

Looking at getting a sun visor screen to hookup so that can show dvds for the passenger whilst driving. But still trying to clarify whether this would still be counted as "visible to the driver" and thus illegal.

If it is hooked up to the passenger visor you clearly arent going to be watching it as a driver, but I suppose technically if you made the effort to crane your neck it probably still is visible! Seems very much open to interpretation..
If its not in your line of sight it wouldn't be a problem.

The new Range Rovers have a funky screen that shows a different picture depending on your seat in the car.

Passengers can see a film, but the driver can see the satnav. Uses some kind of witch craft to display one picture in one direction and the other picture in another.

Your argument of "craning your neck" could also be made against this technology, but lets be honest, you wouldn't, and if RR feel safe having a picture visible to the passenger, then why shouldn't the rest of us???
 

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Just looked the range rover screens up, that's a really cool bit of technology. Will probably become more commonplace over the next few years. I guess their argument would be from the drivers seat the other view isnt in your normal line of sight.
 

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Is this quite a commonly done thing then? Does seem a bit strange that you are allowed to have a sat nav on the screen - which could distract your eyes from the road just as much as anything else - but nothing else on whilst driving
Don't think watching the Sat Nav is quite as interesting as trying to watch a movie ?

Sorry your honour, I crashed my car whilst watching porn on the motorway at 70 mph......... etc. etc. :worms:
 

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Don't think watching the Sat Nav is quite as interesting as trying to watch a movie ?

Sorry your honour, I crashed my car whilst watching porn on the motorway at 70 mph......... etc. etc. :worms:
haha, but both take your eyes away from the road..

Not saying that watching a movie wouldnt be more distracting, and I think it would be stupid to watch one whilst driving, but any screen in the car can take your eyes away from what is infront of you outside
 

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How on earth would someone prove you were watching the telly in any case?
 
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