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As of 2023, reversing cameras are not mandatory in the UK. Unlike in the United States, where they have been compulsory since 2018, the decision to include reversing cameras in vehicles in the UK is up to the car buyer or certain manufacturers, such as Mercedes, Kia, Peugeot, Mazda, Citroen, and Audi, offer reverse cameras in a few units as optional extras.
The Department for Transport (DfT) strongly recommends reversing cameras, especially for larger vehicles like buses, lorries, and vans. The DfT acknowledges their safety benefits and has launched campaigns to reduce accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists caused by reversing vehicles.
While reversing cameras themselves are not mandatory, there are regulations related to certain vehicle lengths. Vehicles over a specific length must have audible warning devices, such as reversing alarms, to alert pedestrians and other road users when the vehicle is reversing. Additionally, longer vehicles must have rearview and wing mirrors on both sides of the front doors.
Installing a reversing camera may have insurance implications. Some insurance companies offer discounts to drivers with reversing cameras installed, as they reduce the risk of accidents and insurance claims. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider to see if they offer any benefits for having a reversing camera. Alternatively, installing a dash cam that records the front and rear ends of your vehicle can provide additional protection and help avoid road disputes.
- Department for Transport (DfT): www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport
- The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 Act: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/contents/made
- The Highway Code for Road Rules and Safety in the UK: www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code