Change To Legislation Regarding Mobile Phone Use In Vehicles

New road rules that regulate the use of mobile phones and audio devices in cars came into effect on 9 November 2009.

Drivers are prohibited from using a mobile phone whilst driving, except when making or receiving call or to operate the audio functions on the phone or audio device (ipod, mp3 player etc). The exception only applies however if the device is secured in a commercially designed cradle and fixed to the vehicle, or can be operated without the driver touching the device.

Drivers are allowed to operate a GPS function on a mobile phone if it is secured as above, but remain prohibited from texting, emailing or making video calls, regardless of whether the device is secured.

Learner and P1 drivers cannot use a mobile phone in any capacity while driving.

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