#21 – Mobile Phones

#21 – Tuesday, 11 July 2017 – Mobile Phones

There’s a common myth that a driver can use their mobile phone while sitting in traffic or at traffic lights – and it’s incorrect – so drivers, when thinking of using your mobile phone, remember the advice from MC Hammer “Can’t touch this”.

Don’t be the person who uses their mobile phone while driving, you face a substantial fine and loss of 3 demerit points – and worse, with the inattention you risk crashing and seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else.

It is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving, this includes having your mobile sitting on your lap, while the vehicle is moving or stationary unless it is parked.

The ONLY times it is legal for a driver to use their mobile phone while driving is -;

  1. If the phone is mounted in a commercially designed holder fitted in the vehicle and then it can ONLY be used to make or receive a voice call or use the GPS;
  2. The phone can be used without pressing or touching the phone (voice activation or Bluetooth activation); or
  3. Another exemption applies.

More information about the use of mobile phones can be found in the current Road Rules @ www.legislation.tas.gov.au