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Mobile phone and driving laws in Australia 22/08/2014
Here’s a state-by-state overview of the laws around using mobile phones while driving. Plus, the mobile accessories that let you use your phone legally.
Mobile phone and driving laws in Australia

Ok peeps, this is serious - using a hand-held mobile while you’re driving is really, really silly, extremely dangerous and highly illegal! Yes, text messages and talking can actually kill.

So next time you think about quickly texting a mate about what to wear tonight or posting a comment on a cat video while you’re driving (even stopped at the lights)… PUT. THE. PHONE. DOWN.  You’ll be breaking the law and you could be risking lives!

Here’s the lowdown on what you can and can’t do in each state.

Mobile phone use in Australia

Rules about the use of mobile phones in the car vary from state to state in Australia, but from Parramatta to Port Augusta, Bribie to Broome, it’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile device while driving.

The only legal way to make a call, listen to your music or use GPS on your phone while you’re driving is to have it mounted in a proper mobile device cradle or use a Bluetooth headset or Bluetooth Hands-free Car Kit. Even that isn’t OK in some states and if you’re a learner or P-plater, listen up because even hands-free is illegal for you in most states.

Here we go, state by state; what you can and can’t do with your mobile phone while driving. And what you’re up for if you get busted breaking the law!

Queensland

Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit V4.0

You’re not allowed to use your phone at all if you’re a learner or P1 driver so you might as well leave it in your bag or pocket. You can’t use a supervising driver as a makeshift mobile device cradle either – it’s illegal for them to have a phone on loudspeaker as well.

You can make calls, play music and use GPS with the phone in a mobile device cradle though. The fine for breaking these laws in the sunshine state will wipe the smile off your face - $300 and 3 demerit points.

New South Wales

Beware New South Welsh-people, you’re not allowed to touch your phone at all while you’re in the car! Not at all! You can use your phone for calls, music and GPS as long as it’s in an approved mobile device cradle or entirely hands-free. Learners and P1 drivers can’t use mobiles at all, even hands-free.

Get caught with your phone in your hands and you’ll lose 3 demerit points (4 if you’re in a school zone) and get lumped with a $298 fine (add $100 if you’re in a school zone).

Victoria

You’ll need to wait a bit longer to use a mobile in your car if you live in Victoria. As well as Learners and P1 drivers, P2 drivers are banned from using their mobiles, hands-free or not.

If you have an approved mobile device cradle, you can use GPS and either a cradle or hands-free is fine for making calls or listening to music.

Congratulations, if you get busted for using a handheld mobile in Victoria, you’ll be paying the steepest fine in the country - $433 and 4 demerit points.

Tasmania

Universal Cradle Mobile Device

Tasmanian drivers can use GPS if the phone is in an approved fixed cradle. Calls and music are fine with either cradle or hands-free.

Tassie’s RACT are currently gunning to increase the $300, 3 demerit point fine.

Northern Territory

Territorians can make calls, play music or use GPS with the phone in an approved cradle or hands-free. And like everywhere else, learners and P1 drivers cannot use mobiles while driving at all.

The fine for using your mobile while driving in the NT will cost you $60 and 3 demerit points.

Western Australia

Like Tasmania, you can make calls and listen to music with your phone in a mobile device cradle or hands-free but if you want to use GPS, you have to have a cradle in Western Australia.

But look out if you’re a sneaky sender of texts because WA police have recently started riding unmarked motorbikes with helmet cameras specifically to record offenders in the act. Your $250,  3 demerit point fine might arrive in the post without you even realising when you were busted. But you’ll be able to get the photo evidence if you want proof it happened.

Safe mobile use while driving

Bluetooth Earpiece EliteNo one loves mobile devices as much as Sprout but when it comes to driving, using your phone is just plain dumb. So if you need to use your phone in the car for calls, music or GPS, make sure you have an approved mobile device cradle like the Sprout Universal Cradle Device, which can safely hold practically any kind of phone.

For a completely hands-free, in-car experience, Sprout’s Bluetooth Earpiece Elite gives you crystal clear sound, 4 hours of talk time and 60 hours of standby time. Also, Sprout’s newest device the Bluetooth Hands-free Car Kit V4.0 offers intelligent voice control and echo elimination technology.

Sprout is a proudly Australian owned mobile phone accessories brand that can be found in more than 300 retail locations. Buying online is made easy with free shipping for orders over $20, a Money Back Guarantee and a 12 Month Warranty.

Disclaimer: Sprout has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, however, we don’t recommend relying on it as a defence if you find yourself arguing a fine.

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