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A driver of a vehicle, can only touch a mobile phone to receive and terminate a phone call if the phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle.

If the phone is not secured in a mounting, it can only be used to receive or terminate a phone call without touching it (e.g. using voice activation, a Bluetooth hands-free car kit, ear piece or headset).

It is illegal for the driver of a vehicle to create, send or look at a text message, video message, email or similar communication, even when the phone is secured in a mounting or can be operated without touching it.

GPS may be used by a driver whilst driving if no touch of the keypad or screen is required.

The same rules apply to all road users.

Offence Penalty Demerits
Using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving $400 3
Creating, sending or looking at a text message $400 3
Video message $400 3
Email or similar communication whilst driving $400 3

 

Offence (from 1 September 2020) Penalty Demerits
Touching or holding a mobile phone to make receive or end a voice call $500 3
Creating, sending or looking at a text, email, social media, photo, video or similar $1000 4