From 1 November 2012 the mobile phone laws will be changed.
What do the mobile phone laws mean for you?
While your vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), as a driver you may only use a mobile phone to make or receive a call or use the audio playing function if:
- the mobile phone is secured in a fixed mounting; or
- the mobile phone does not require you to touch or manipulate the phone in any way.
All other functions including texting, video messaging, online chatting, reading preview messages and emailing are prohibited.
While your vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), as a driver you must not hold your mobile phone in your hand other than to pass the phone to a passenger.
A mobile phone’s GPS (or other driver’s aid) function may only be used if:
- the phone is secured in a commercially designed and manufactured fixed mounting, and
- the mounting is fixed in a location that will not distract or obscure your view in any way, and
- the use of the driver’s aid does not distract you from driving or from being in proper control of your vehicle.
How do mobile phone laws apply to learner and P1 provisional drivers and riders?
Learner and P1 drivers and riders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding.
These laws were brought in on 1 July 2007 because learner and P1 drivers and provisional riders are developing their vehicle control and hazard perception skills. Mobile phone use can distract novice drivers and riders from the driving task. Studies have found that using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous as it slows reaction times and interferes with a driver’s perception skills and increases the chance of having a crash.
What are the penalties?
The penalty for mobile phone use is three demerit points (or four if the offence occurs in a school zone) and a fine.