ACT unveils new mobile phone law for drivers


ACT introduces new mobile phone laws for drivers as part of nationwide reforms by the National Transport Commission

September 17, 2010

The ACT has introduced new mobile phone laws for drivers as part of nationwide reforms developed by the National Transport Commission.

From today, ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says drivers will be prohibited from holding a mobile phone, cradling a phone on their shoulder or resting it on their lap while driving.

The reform is part of the Australian Road Rule 8th Amendment Package developed by the NTC to clarify and improve existing road rules.

Those caught breaking the new laws face a $271 fine and the loss of three demerit points.

"Under the laws, drivers can only use a mobile phone to make or receive a call if the phone is secured in a cradle, or if it can be operated without being touched and is not resting on any part of the driver's body," Stanhope says.

"All other functions of the phone including text messaging, video calls and emailing are prohibited."

Stanhope expressed frustration at those who ignore the risk of using a mobile phone while driving. He urged drivers to pull over and park before answering their phone.

"The laws are based on common sense and the simple principle of keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times," he says.


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