Drivers Using Mobile Phones To Lose More Demerit Points

Tougher penalties


18 July 2018

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If you're caught using a mobile phone while driving, the penalty is set to become a lot tougher.

Now, illegal mobile phone use behind the wheel will cost you five demerit points, instead of the previous four.

"If you think about long weekends or double demerit periods, you could actually be at risk of losing your license," Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey said.

"Three quarters of the population that we surveyed want better and stronger road rules around mobile phone use."

Currently, anyone who is a Learner, P1 or P2 driver is not allowed to use their phone at all while driving.

Those who are on a full licence can use their phone to make or answer calls or listen to music, but only if it is mounted and can be operated without touching the phone (e.g. by using Bluetooth).

The demerit change will take place in September.

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