Demerit points for illegal mobile phone use has increased | Video

FINE TIME: Drivers will lose five points for illegal use of a mobile phone. Photo: KEN ROBERTSON
FINE TIME: Drivers will lose five points for illegal use of a mobile phone. Photo: KEN ROBERTSON

NEW mobile phone rules have come into force that will see motorists who use their phone illegally penalised an extra demerit point, up from four to five.

The new rules came into force on Monday, September 17 and apply to all motorists.

During double demerit periods, drivers who break the rules will be penalised 10 demerit points.

Meanwhile, all Learner, P1 and P2 drivers and motorcyclists are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic.

These motorists must be parked out of the line of traffic to use their phone in any way.

The Centre for Road Safety website states that these laws encourage learner and provisional drivers and riders to concentrate on developing their vehicle control and hazard-perception skills.

“Mobile phone use can distract novice drivers and riders from the driving task,” the site states.

Learner and P1 drivers and riders penalised for illegally using a mobile phone will exceed their demerit point threshold and face a three-month licence suspension.

P2 drivers and riders will have three demerit points remaining if they are penalised for illegally using a mobile phone.