|Offence from 1 September 2020
|Touching or holding a mobile phone to make receive or end a voice call
|Creating, sending or looking at a text, email, social media, photo, video or similar
Touching/holding includes resting on any part of the driver’s body (e,g lap). It does not include held in a pocket of the driver’s clothing or in a pouch worn by the driver.
Driving includes being stationary with the motor running (e.g. waiting at stoplights, stopping roadside).
Whilst driving, you 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).
Whilst driving, it is illegal 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 it is secured in a mounting and no touch of the keypad or screen is required.
Vehicle must be legally parked before a driver can legally hold a mobile phone.