Learner and P-Plater drivers in NSW can no longer use a telephone in any way when driving.
This implies no navigation, no playing music, no using a safe phone cradle, no nothing. Security experts are praising the move but some folks aren’t content.
Here are the rules directly from the Centre for Road Safety site, which came into effect on December 1.
Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders aren’t permitted to use a cell phone at all while riding or driving. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked from the line of visitors to use your phone at all.
These laws encourage learner and provisional drivers and riders to focus on developing their vehicle control and hazard-perception abilities.
Cell phone use can divert novice riders and drivers from the driving task.
Learner and P1 drivers and riders penalised for illegally using a cell telephone (four demerit points) will transcend their demerit point threshold and confront a three-month license suspension.
P2 riders and drivers will have three demerit points staying if they’re penalised for illegally using a cell phone.
Driver Safety Australia managing director Russell White told The Huffington Post Australia inexperienced drivers had enough going on without additional distractions.
“They are still at a stage in their career where they are experiencing plenty of firsts,”.
“Any diversion will undermine your ability to address those new situations.
“Research indicates that simply hearing the ‘ping’ of a telephone will send you down a diversion spiral. Really, if it is dangerous for a single road group, we will need to inquire if it ought to be prohibited for all classes.”
Is what I am doing illegal?
I stop at the lights, key in a speech, start the navigation and put it in my lap.
This is prohibited on a few counts. Firstly, you must get pulled over with the ignition off in the event that you would like to touch your mobile phone. Secondly you can not have the telephone touching any part of your body as you’re driving.
I pull over, grab my phone and begin a navigation with voice prompts. I then rest the phone on the passenger’s seat/drink holder and push.
This is still prohibited. Firstly, you must have the ignition off in the event that you wish to touch your mobile phone. Second you can only have your telephone with an ‘auditory function’ if it is in a cradle fixed to the car and may be operated without touching any part of the telephone.
I pull over, turn off the ignition, grab my phone and begin a navigation with voice prompts. I then put the phone in its cradle, turn on the ignition, and push.
I do the above, but I am a P-Plater in NSW.
Sorry bud, it is illegal for you to interact with your mobile phone in any way when driving.