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I'm thinking of buying a speed camera detector and wanted to know which one evryone thought was the best and does anyone know what the new laws on them are going to be and when they will come into force.
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If you want to be legal, it has to be GPS based. I run a Talex and it's excellent:


It's 150 and you need a subscription after (IIRC) the first 6 months. The alternative to this one is the Micro Fuzion:


I reckon this is built by the same people as the Talex. 99 and no subscription. This has just come out and they reckon they are the cheapest. My colleague is using one and thinks it's great - I've just bought one for my father-in-law for Christmas...
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Or you could treat yourself to a TomTom GO 300, have your speed camera warnings and sat-nav to boot. The beauty of TomTom is that it'll accept user defined POI (points of interest) files which can easily be uploaded and downloaded via websites. The upshot of this is that there are several independent and completely free sources of regularly updated speed camera data. You can even chip in and contribute new camera locations to these sites. You can set your own warnings ranges for these POI, and even upload two copies and have (as I do) a long range (I use 2Km) warning for mobile laser traps, and repeated shorter range warnings (I use 300 metres) for all speed traps including the lasers.

Though you'd probably get away with leaving either the Talex or the Microfusion permanently installed in the car. Try that with a 300, and you'll soon have a broken window and no 300 to worry about.
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I Had a snooper s3 geo with r100 and found it very good> Do a search though cos the prices vary massively!

6 months free subscription to updates then 5 per month I think it was.
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I have the Snooper Neo S4.. Works a treat..

As for the law. Well up until recently there was a bill up to have "Radar" detectors criminalised again.. (detectors that detect radio waves)
However due to the costs involved and government time to get it through parliment, it has been dropped..
There was some talk that Laser Detectors (detectors that detect Infra-Red light) were included in this, but was unclear..

So Radar/Laser Detectors will remain legal to own and use in the UK for the foreseable future.. Unless the European Government get involved!!

GPS devices were never discussed in the bill as these devices do not detect anything.. They use Global Positioning to alert you of the camera locations..

Be aware however that ALL of these devices are ILLEGAL to OWN/USE in some other European countries..
France is a good example.. If you are caught with one in the vehicle it will be confiscated on the spot & you will be issued with a Massive instant fine.. And/or your vehicle may be impounded..

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