Penalties rise for phones behind the wheel
From 17 September 2018, drivers caught using their mobile phones illegally behind the wheel will see penalties rising to a loss of five demerit points. During double demerit periods, using your mobile phone on NSW roads will cost you a total of 10 demerit points.
With mobile phone ownership expected to rise to 20 million in 2019, road safety is fast becoming a major concern for police with many drivers increasingly distracted every time they step behind the wheel.
To avoid penalties and ensure the safety of everyone on our roads, it’s important to be complying with NSW road rules at all times.
Know the rules
Under NSW legislation, riders and drivers are only permitted to use their mobile phones behind the wheel to use their GPS’s features, answer a call or use the audio playing function for music. However, when using your phone for these functions, you must ensure your mobile device is secured in a cradle that is fixed to the vehicle and does not obscure your view of the road. These functions must be operated without touching any part of the phone itself, rather through Bluetooth or voice activation features.
You are not permitted to use your mobile phone while driving for any other purposes, this includes when waiting at traffic lights or stopped in traffic. If you need to use your mobile phone for any other functions while driving, your vehicle must be parked out of the line of traffic.
The road rules for mobile phone use will differ for Learner, P1 and P2 drivers and motorcyclists. In NSW these drivers and riders are not permitted to use their mobile phones behind the wheel under any circumstances. To use their phones, drivers must be parked out of the line of traffic.