Changes to laws around mobile use while driving

TALKING or texting on mobile phones while driving will cost NSW motorists $298 and three demerit points as of Wednesday.

Changes to the road rules mean drivers who do not have their phones in an approved hand's free dock mounted on the dash, or who leave their phones resting on laps will be considered to be breaking the rules.

The use of other driver's aids including GPS units and music players will also be banned unless secured in a dock.

Texting is out all together.

Laws banning drivers on their Learners and P1 licences from using mobile phones at all will remain in place.

For more information visit the RTA's mobile phone use page.

Mobile phones can only be used by drivers if:

  • The mobile phone does not require you to touch or manipulate the phone in any way.
  • The phone is secured in a commercially designed and manufactured fixed mounting
  • The mounting is fixed in a location that will not distract or obscure your view in any way
  • The use of the driver's aid does not distract you from driving or from being in proper control of your vehicle.

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