The somewhat muddy legal status of GPS-based speed camera detectors used by British drivers has been cleared up-- they are perfectly licit. The black boxes employed by enthusiasts have been a nifty technological end-around rumored UK legislation that threatens to ban radar detectors. The units, like the popular Road Angel system download GPS-based maps with the locations of speed cameras (’Gatsos’), warning drivers in advance before they approach them on the road. Many systems also alert drivers to accident-prone areas and schools.

The word comes as transport minister Dr. Stephen Ladyman and Tory party MP Owen Paterson have recently gone on record stating their support (and admitted use) of the systems.

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