Waze, Coyote, Maps … the reporting of certain traffic controls soon banned on GPS applications

From November 1, according to a decree published in April, on the order of the Ministry of the Interior or a prefect, tests for drugs, blood alcohol or in the context of a terrorist attack, should no longer be reported. on navigation aid applications.

However, not all roads are affected by the device. This “white zone” may be decreed for two hours on departmental and municipal roads for alcohol and narcotics controls. For a kidnapping or a terrorist attack, this white zone may last 12 hours within a perimeter of two kilometers in built-up areas and up to 10 km outside built-up areas.

In practice, motorists will continue to be able to report controls on applications, but this will not be visible to other users. By making such reports, however, they do not risk sanction, said the Interior Ministry in a press release dated April 22.

Waze has already tested the device

In the event of non-compliance, the operators of the applications will be liable to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros. Received many times at the Interior Ministry before the drafting of this decree, they said they were in favor. Already, Waze had carried out a first full-scale test: during the first containment of the Covid crisis, the application had removed police checks for a weekend.

Coyote, for his part, said last April that his goal was “to bring more safety” to its users, “by helping them to adapt their speed and their driving to these dangers”. “The cases of one-off inhibitions provided for by the decree (anti-crime checks, and alcohol and drug tests), for a defined period and in a given area, do not fall within this framework, so we have no state of mind (to apply them), ”explained the company.

In the meantime – and apart from these restrictions – these applications will continue to report speed controls, fixed speed cameras, accidents, work on tracks or even near level crossings. Reports that remain important in terms of road safety, even if many users focus on speed cameras and speed controls to avoid a fine.

Still, for some motorist defense associations, this measure could pose a safety problem, because it will encourage some motorists to bypass this type of platform to turn to new sources of information, such as social networks.

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