The installation process is designed to be quick and easy when you Install a Dash Cam. If your fleet operates in the UK, use the following recommendations for dash cam positioning on the vehicle windshield, based on guidance from the UK Department for Transport.
In addition to local regulations, it is important to note the following placement rules:
Ensure that there are no obstructions to the inward-facing view of the driver and follow the instructions for placement. Obstructions to the driver line of sight will impact the AI Event Detection.
Do not obstruct the line of sight for drivers. Mount outside sight-lines to the road, highway signs, and signals.
To verify placement, see Test Dash Cam Positioning.
The following recommendations do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with your own advisors.
For placement requirements, see instructions for your configuration:
When installing the dash cam on an HGV, follow the legal requirements of your region.
In most cases, the ideal location for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is on the lower-middle area of the windscreen, however, alternate positioning may be required if that location obstructs the field of vision.
The following recommendations are in accordance with the Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) inspection manual. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the manual.
Many commercial vehicles have very large screens and have windscreen wipers which cover an area that have no practical use. For the purposes of the annual test, the area of the screen above a horizontal line taken from the driver’s eye position, assessed from the driving seat looking forward in a comfortable upright driving position, can be ignored other than the area through which the driver is required to view any mirror (front mirrors on HGVs are not required to be viewed through the area swept by the wipers). It is not necessary to speculate on the effects of tall or short drivers.
Official stickers and acceptable features (see examples below) are permitted to encroach into the field of vision if this is necessary to comply with other regulations. These will be considered a deficiency only where they seriously restrict the drivers view to the front or the sides.
Examples of acceptable features which may intrude into the swept area of the wipers provided they do not seriously restrict the drivers view to the front or the sides are:
Vehicle distance or lane indicator systems
Automatic windscreen wiper detectors
Wipers which park adjacent to a central pillar
Driver monitoring systems
Driver’s aids such as blinds and their mountings
Toll payment tags/stickers
Vehicle anti-theft scheme stickers/security passes
Lower-middle mounting position
Ensure that the vehicle dashboard does not obstruct the inward-facing camera view to the driver.
Upper-middle mounting position
Ensure that the vehicle sun visor does not obstruct the inward-facing camera view to the driver. If necessary and possible, remove the middle visor.
The ideal location for LGVs and smaller vehicles is in the upper-middle area of the windscreen.
When you install a dual-facing dash cam, make sure the inward facing lens is not blocked by the rear view mirror and check that the sun visor does not fold down in front of the dash cam. To verify the position you can Test Dash Cam Positioning.
The following images display an example of this mounting position:
The following visibility recommendations are in accordance with the private passenger and light commercial vehicles manual. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the manual.
You should only fail the windscreen if the view is significantly affected. If only the driver’s view of the sky or the bonnet is affected, it should not be rejected.