That is amazingly harsh - I knew that radar detectors were illegal, but how would they even know you had POI's - do they do random stops and inspect the unit?[\quote]
Yes, they do have random spot checks, the way we have them here around Christmas time for drunk drivers.
End of quote (system doesn't like me today).
There is a raging discussion at www.meintomtom.de
about the legality and application. The paragraphs quoted form the Swiss law make it very clear that it is illegal.
Some definitions of the German statute has not been quoted but from what I read so far if it would go to court here in Canada I would get off, even without a lawyer. (Yes, yes, I know the old adage.)
They also talked about a programme called DelPOI some installed but the operating software must be tampered with to get the extra icon onto the screen. From reading the fora that doesn't seem to work well since the OS 7 and 8 came out. TomTom does not offer the SDK any longer.
I don't know anything about programming per se, just the buzz words and when to use them!
The reason I ask is that I have used my TomTom (which as Euro maps and radar camera POI's ) over in these countries, and have friends over there with similar POI's on theirs.
Write to them, ask them. Tell them to sign on to the forum unless they are on it already.
Note - with few exceptions, radar detectors are legal here, and similar POI's re also (I believe in all cases) - radio stations occasionally warn motorists of locations...
Radar detectors like hand guns are illegal in Canada and the vehicle "with which the crime was committed" can be confiscated. Don't think that ever happened.
The craziest part in Germany seems to be that radio station are
allowed to name locations.
It was also written tat in the UK the law maker encourages POIs for speed cameras. They feel that the general public will slow down. That is the thought behind the multiple warnings when one approaches a speed camera which is installed in a very
large, visible yellow box.