Mobile Phones

Written by Neil Bedford

Leave your phone alone!

Leave your mobile alone!

If you use your phone illegally while driving, you’re just as dangerous as a drink driver!

 

Driving and mobile phones

To keep yourself and other road users safe your full attention is needed when driving. It is illegal for a driver to hold a mobile phone in their hand and operate any function on the phone, including when stopped in traffic and at traffic lights..

 

Mobile phone rules for young learner drivers

All drivers are banned from using a mobile phone in the hand or having it rest on any part of their body, such as their lap, while driving. This applies even if you're stopped in traffic.

The phone does not need to be turned on or in use for it to be an offence. Find out more about mobile phone rules that apply to all drivers.

If you are under 25, you must not use hands-free kits, Bluetooth accessories, wireless headsets or the phone's loudspeaker function. If your phone is in a pocket of your clothing or a pouch you're wearing, you must not use it in any way. This includes touching it, looking at it or operating it with your voice.

When safely stopped you can use a phone to:

  • pay for goods and services, for example at a drive through
  • gain access to or from a road-related area, such as a car park
  • present a digital driver licence or other document to police when asked
  • get a card or money out of a phone wallet for these listed purposes.

You can also use your phone when safely parked. Parked means stopped with the intention of staying at that place.

Penalties

If you are found using a mobile phone while driving, you may be given a fine and 3 demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. Double demerit points will apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within 12 months of an earlier offence.

You can be fined $1,033 and have 4 demerit points recorded against your traffic history for using a mobile phone illegally while driving. This includes when you're stopped at traffic lights or stopped in traffic.

As a learner driver, if you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months.

If you are under 25, your supervisor and passengers can’t use a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving. If your supervisor or passengers are found using a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving, they will be given a fine.

This table explains the mobile phone restrictions.

 

Find out more about using your phone safely.

 

Info from TMR Last updated:26 July 2021

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