What do they do?
Steering Controls enable you to use a multimedia headunit which connects to your phone, without taking your hands off the steering wheel.
Don't get caught!
NSW as well as other States have announced a new legislation.
The mobile phone detection camera program enforcing illegal mobile phone use by drivers commenced on Sunday 1 December 2019.
The program includes fixed and transportable cameras that will commence operating at locations across the network. The high-definition cameras use artificial intelligence to spot drivers, regardless of the weather or time of day. While the portable versions will be mounted on trailers and operate across the state
Warning letters relating to camera-detected offences will be issued for the first three months. Following this period, the penalty for offending drivers is five demerit points and a $344 fine ($457 in a school zone). The penalty increases to 10 demerit points during double demerit periods.
What is the penalty?
Drivers who use a mobile phone illegally will be penalised five demerit points. During double demerit periods, drivers who break the rules will be penalised 10 demerit points, plus sizeable fines apply.
Distracted driving and mobile phones
With 20 million mobile phone users in Australia in 2019 and the addition of new in-vehicle communication systems, distracted driving is fast becoming a severe threat to road safety.
Using a mobile phone while driving increases your risk of a crash four-fold. Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous because it may lead to:
- Slower reaction times
- Wandering out of your lane
- Slower and less controlled braking
- Riskier decision making
What are the road rules in relation to mobile phones?
Drivers or riders can use their mobile phone to make or answer a call and use the audio playing function (e.g. music) only if the phone is either:
- In a cradle fixed to the vehicle and doesn’t obscure their view of the road;
- Can be operated without touching any part of the phone, such as via Bluetooth or voice activation.
- Drivers are able to use their mobile phone as a driver’s aid (e.g. GPS) only if the phone is in a cradle fixed to the vehicle and doesn’t obscure their view of the road.
While driving or riding you cannot use your mobile phone for anything else, including:
- Texting or audio texting
- Using social media
- Taking photos
- Video messaging
- Holding your phone in any way (in hand, on lap, between shoulder and ear). Drivers are only allowed to hold a phone to pass it to a passenger.
If you want to use your phone for any of these functions, your vehicle must be parked out of the line of traffic.
These functions are not permitted when your vehicle is stopped, including when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic.
Learner, P1 and P2 drivers and motorcyclists (NSW)
Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked out of the line of traffic to use your phone in any way.