Hands-free cell phone use to be allowed under proposed Road Traffic Act
A compromise has been arrived at which will allow the use of hands free devices while driving under proposed Road Traffic Act.
This follows the decision of a joint-select committee of parliament not to accede to a call for a total ban on the use of such devices while driving.
State minister for transport, Dr Morais Guy, who opened the debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, said a middle ground had to be found.
However, he noted that scientific evidence shows that phones can be a distraction when driving, even if they are being used hands free.
The bill is proposing a $13,000 fine for the use of a cell phone, while driving or functioning as an instructor.
There is a similar fine for having a video device in the line of sight of the driver inside a motor vehicle.