Mobile phones

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If you have a learner’s permit or a P1 provisional licence it’s against the law to use any kind of mobile phone when driving. Things happen quickly on the road, and it’s easy to crash if you’re not concentrating fully.

Turn off your phone, or put it in a place you can’t see it or hear it. Stop if you need to make a call or send a message. Don’t risk a crash or a fine.

If you have a P2 provisional licence or a full licence, you can use some kinds of hands-free mobile phones.

Click here to go the My Licence website for more information about mobile phones and driving.

  • Pull over safely and park to make or receive a call.
  • Tell your family and friends not to call when you know you'll be driving.
  • You’ll be a better and safer driver if you give driving your full attention at all times.
  • Remember that taking your eyes off the road, or losing your concentration even for just a few seconds, can cause a serious crash.
  • Looking at a text message increases your risk of crashing by up to 4 times.
  • It's an offence to create, send or look at a message on a mobile phone while you drive.
  • If you're caught using a mobile phone while driving, you'll get a fine of over $300 and get 3 demerit points.
  • The most common types of crashes related to mobile phones are 'run-off-the-road' crashes and 'rear end' crashes.
  • Using a mobile phone while driving reduces your reaction time, ability to maintain speed and position on the road, ability to judge safe gaps in the traffic, and your general awareness of other road users.
  • When using a mobile phone, you tend to spend less time checking your mirrors and paying attention to what's going on around you. This affects your ability to drive safely in traffic.