Cell phone ban

2 11 2009

cell phone

The Road User Amendment Rule came into effect 1 November 2009.

The Rule has been amended to:

  • ban the use of hand-held mobile phones and other telecommunications devices, such as Blackberry devices and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), while driving (including using these devices to text, email or send instant messages);
  • allow the use of hands-free mobile phones and two-way radios for verbal communication; and
  • allow genuine emergency calls (including *555) to be made where it is impracticable to pull over to make a call.

The rule talks about ‘drivers of vehicles’ in relation to cell phones, and the relevant definitions include cyclists.

The change will see drivers using hand-held mobile phones receive an infringement notice consisting of an $80 fine and 20 demerit points.

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