If there’s ever been a better reason to buy a mobile Bluetooth headset we certainly haven’t heard of one. As of the 25th November 2013 Victorian laws are changing regarding the use of mobile and handheld devices. It’s tougher than ever and a reason you need to protect yourself now with a mobile Bluetooth headset so you don’t get fined!
For fully licenced drivers
Tougher penalties also will apply for illegal use of mobile phones and other technologies
From 25 November 2013:
All drivers face tougher penalties for illegal use of a mobile phone or interacting with other units that have visual displays while driving (eg. DVD players or tablet computers) that are not driver’s aids.
The penalties are:
• 4 demerit points
• $433 fine
All it takes is a cheap mobile Bluetooth headset and you’ll not only be covered but you’ll also be clearer and infinitely more comfortable.
For Probationary Drivers
Unfortunately a mobile Bluetooth headset won’t help you. Use a phone or anything and you’re in trouble.
Changes to mobile phone rules for probationary drivers are as follows:
• P1 and P2 drivers no use of any mobile phone function
The reason is younger drivers are massively over-represented in serious road crashes.
Mobile phones and other mobile devices (eg. DVD players or tablet computers) are a major source of distraction for young drivers that are still developing skills and building driver experience.
From 25th November 2013:
P2 drivers, as well as P1 and learner drivers, must not use a mobile phone (hand-held or hands-free) for any function while driving (including while stationary but not parked).
Remember, all probationary drivers who reach 5 demerit points may incur a licence suspension.
Using a mobile phone while driving can be distracting. Research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving that may involve manual or visual distraction increases your chance of being involved in a crash or near crash. This is where a mobile Bluetooth headset comes in.
The Victorian law
It is illegal in all Australian states and territories to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This includes:
• Playing games
• Taking photos/video
• Using any other function on your phone.
Using a hand-held mobile phone is also illegal when your vehicle is stationary but not parked e.g. when you’re stopped at traffic lights.
Drivers who break this law in Victoria face an on-the-spot fine and incur four demerit points.