Posted on 6/09/2015
The State Government has brought in double the demerit penalties for repeat offenders as of 1 September, taking a tough new stance on using your handheld device while driving.
If you’re caught using a
mobile phone while driving twice in 12 months you’ll cop double demerit
points that's a $353 fine and six points!
Make sure you know the road rules surrounding the use of handheld devices and mobile phones.
No. Driving with a mobile phone in the driver's hand is illegal. This includes, but is not limited to, making and receiving calls and any other function of the phone. You can be fined if your mobile phone is in your hand for any reason while you are driving.
No. If you are stopped in traffic it is illegal for the driver to use a mobile phone that is held in his or her hand.
Yes so long as you park legally.
To stop and stay in an area where there is no prohibition on stopping or parking. It is recommended that you secure the vehicle by applying parking brakes; put the automatic transmission into ‘park’ and turn off the ignition.
Yes so long as you are not a learner driver, P plater or probationary licence holder under the age of 25 years.
There is a ban on all mobile phone use (including hands-free) for:
There is also a ban on mobile phone use on loudspeaker function for supervisors and passengers of these drivers.
This is an offence committed when the person was under 25 years of age that led to the disqualification of their licence.
Even if you are using your phone hands free, if you drive
erratically or are obviously distracted from the driving task, other
rules may be contravened. For example, you may be guilty of driving
while not having proper control of the vehicle or driving without due
care and attention. Also, a mobile phone that is mounted in a hands-free
mounting bracket on the windscreen must not obscure the driver’s view
of the road.
Keep yourself up to date with traffic laws by consulting the Queensland Transport Website.