There’s finally a quick and easy way to submit your dash cam footage to report dangerous driving. Manufacturer Nextbase has launched the National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDSP), allowing owners of any brand of dash cam to upload footage and send it on to the appropriate local England or Wales police force.
The homepage of the NDSP takes the form of an interactive map of England and Wales, divided by county. Zooming in closer will reveal the relevant police force for each one – click on the region in which the offence you witnessed took place and you’ll be sent to the website for that specific constabulary, where you can begin the submission process. To visit the NDSP, click here.
A few regions are still working towards getting their individual pages live, but you can begin the process through the Nextbase portal, with a view to sending your footage on once the relevant web page is up and running. While this is a service coordinated by Nextbase, it’s important to note that you don’t have to own one of its dash cams to submit footage – video from any brand or type of device is accepted.
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Until now, there have been very few dedicated, purpose-designed methods by which you could submit dash cam footage to your local police force. For the first time ever, almost every local constabulary now has its own page for submitting dash cam footage.
However, it’s important to remember that this isn’t something to be used frivolously – by sending footage, you are filing an official police report. There will be a fair amount of information for you to fill in, too, with the process changing slightly depending on which region you’re in – all-in-all the process shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes, regardless of location.
Advice on submitting your dash cam footage
Nextbase has provided a handy FAQ list to shed some light on the process. We’ve pulled out some of the more important factors to bear in mind:
- A submission is only as good as what’s contained in the footage. The police can’t use any sort of CSI-style enhancement technology to magically make a blurred number plate legible.
- Your footage can be for any type of traffic offence. It doesn’t have to show anything as serious as a hit-and-run or a collision – even a dangerous overtake or speeding can be prosecuted as a result of your submission.
- At no point will the police ask for your dash cam or recording device. Even if the incident goes all the way to court, all that’s required is the video file you submit. However, it’s recommended that you back up the footage just in case.
- Remove the footage from any other website you may have posted it to. Many dash cam users put particularly interesting or alarming footage on Facebook or YouTube to share with others – this could jeopardise any potential legal proceedings, so it’s recommended that you take it down if you go to the police.
- There’s a possibility you’ll have to go to court to give evidence. The chances are extremely slim, with roughly 1-2% of all reported traffic offences resulting in such an outcome, but just be aware that you may be called upon.
- Your own driving will be scrutinised, too. If your submitted footage shows you breaking the law, then you could be prosecuted, too. For example, if you break the speed limit trying to catch up to someone who committed an offence, you could be penalised.
Visit our guide to dash cams and the law for more information on the rules on using dash cams in the UK.
Any footage submitted is uploaded to a secure server and fully encrypted for as long as is needed to see the case through. Only the relevant police force, and you yourself, will be able to view the footage once uploaded.