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New Road Safety Rules

Using Mobile Phones and Visual Display Units

From November 2009, there will be some changes to Victoria's road safety rules.

The changes include amendments to the rules for using mobile phones and visual display units.

Mobile Phones

Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited except if:

  • The driver is making or receiving a phone call on a hands free unit.
  • The phone is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle.
  • The phone can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone.

All other functions (including video calls, texting and emailing) are prohibited.

Holding the phone (whether or not engaged in a phone call) is also prohibited. Holding includes resting the mobile on the driver's lap.

Learner and P1 drivers, are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving.

Vic Roads Fact Sheet - Using Mobile Phones and Visual Display Units

Download the
Fact Sheet
issued by VicRoads
in August 2009

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