Radar Detector Laws - United Kingdon & Republic Of Ireland



The use of radar detectors in the United Kingdom has been hotly contested over recent years with debate in the Queens Bench Divisional Court over their legality in regard to the 1949 Wireless and Telegraphy Act.

Several parts of the act discuss the interception of wireless communications to obtain information. The court concluded that as radar detectors actually do not communicate a message, but merely detect the presence of a transmission, the owner and user of the detection equipment could not face punishment for the its use.

Possession and use of radar detectors in the UK and Ireland

United Kingdom

The possession and use of radar detectors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island is permitted.

Republic of Ireland

While it is legal to own a radar detector in the Republic of Ireland, it is actually illegal to use it.

 

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