Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

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Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby Titch » Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:47 pm

I lifted this statement from Vic Roads website.
I was of the belief that if your mobile was in a cradle , you could press the answer key and take a call.
Seems I was correct.Bu Gawd its confusing. :shock:
We have a hands free kit, but you press to answer.
So for your information.



The rules outlined below are an overview, please refer to the rule references for more details.


Mobile phones
Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, except to make or receive a phone call or to use its audio/music functions provided the phone:

* is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle, or
* can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, and is not resting on any part of the driver's body.


Using a phone as a navigational device/GPS while driving is prohibited unless it is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle. All other functions (including video calls, texting and emailing) are prohibited.

Learner and P1 drivers
Learner and P1 drivers, are prohibited from using a mobile phone at all while driving.


Visual display units/navigational devices/GPS
A driver must not drive a vehicle that has a television receiver or a visual display unit operating if any part of the screen is visible to the driver or is likely to distract another driver.

A driver can use a driver’s aid such as a navigation device but it must be an integrated part of the vehicle design, or secured in a commercially designed holder, which is fixed to the vehicle.


Exemptions
The rule relating to securing visual display units does not apply to motorcycles.


Rule references
Road Safety Road Rules 2009

* 300 Use of mobile phones
* 299 Television receivers and visual display units in motor vehicles

To look up these rules and check for other related rules, please refer to the Acts and Regulations administered byVicRoads.


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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:18 pm

titch wrote:I was of the belief that if your mobile was in a cradle , you could press the answer key and take a call.
Seems I was correct.
Titch



Sorry Titch...I am confused....I thought you could NOT touch the phone to answer it even when it is in the cradle.

I also have my mobile in a cradle but do not have to touch the phone to answer; I have a button on the dash that I have to touch to answer. Now to me this is no different to touching the phone!!
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby Titch » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:33 pm

This is the Victorian rule, maybe other states are different?
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:34 pm

So...can you touch the phone to answer it or not??
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby Titch » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:45 pm

In Victoria, yes.
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:42 pm

titch wrote:In Victoria, yes.
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Ok...ta. I saw it on the TV the other night and it was my understanding that once you touched the phone (even in the cradle) it was illegal.....obviously I got the message wrong.

Thanks Titch.
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby Titch » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:49 pm

I saw that program, hence why I Googled, but I was not sure,again I state that I am Quoting Victorian rules.
Other states may be different.
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:19 pm

titch wrote:
Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, except to make or receive a phone call or to use its audio/music functions provided the phone:

is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle or
* can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, and is not resting on any part of the driver's body.

Titch



It seems a bit ambigous to me Titch…. especially the bits I have highlighted.....normally one would have to touch the phone in order to answer it......totally confused now...
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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby Titch » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:26 pm

Typical Govt, always confusing.
I will change the highlights, as I read it.



Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, except to make or receive a phone call or to use its audio/music functions provided the phone:

is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle or
* can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, and is not resting on any part of the driver's body.

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Re: Mobile phones and visual display units F.Y.I.

Postby hoadie72 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:20 pm

It's not ambiguous if you read the comment "OR" at the end of the first exception.

You can receive or make calls IF the phone is in a car kit OR if you can receive or make the call without touching the phone.

The second part of that statement isn't as silly as it sounds. Bluetooth and most cabled hands free kits have a button on it to answer calls, and if you hold it, will allow you to voice dial.
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