ALERT - Changes to the NSW Road Rules re: mobile phone usage

Posted on 31 October 2012

As of Thursday, 1 November 2012 drivers will be unable to hold, touch or use in any way a mobile phone whilst they are driving or even whilst the vehicle is stationary. To use your phone, you must have it securely mounted in a fixed position not obscuring the driver’s view.

Should you be caught not obeying the new rulings you will be fined $298, with a loss of 3 demerit points. Should the infringement occur in a school zone, the fine will be $398 with a loss of 4 demerit points.

The commander of the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said “the new laws make it clear that a driver cannot hold a phone in his or her hand, other than to pass it to a passenger. Under the new laws, drivers cannot rest mobile phones on their legs or hold it between their shoulder and ear."

Texting and emailing whilst driving remains illegal. Also, with learner and P1 drivers, the law remains the same and these drivers are not permitted to use any function of the mobile phone whilst driving or riding.