Centre for Road Safety

Graphic: Mobile phones

Narrator: Mobile phones.

[We see the view as we travel in the back seat of a car, looking over the driver’s shoulder through the windscreen to the road ahead. The driver has both hands on the steering wheel. A mobile phone is mounted on the dashboard in a spot that does not obscure the driver’s view.]

Narrator: You can only use a mobile phone while driving if it is secured in a commercially manufactured and designed mounting that is fixed to the vehicle and doesn't obscure your view of the road.

[A ring alert flashes on screen of the mobile phone. The driver wears an earpiece and answers the phone via bluetooth, while keeping both hands on the steering wheel.]

Narrator: Or, if you can operate it without touching any part of the phone, for example, by using bluetooth or voice activation.

Graphic: A large green tick of approval is shown.

[We now see the driver with a mobile phone tucked between his shoulder and ear. The driver has only one hand on the steering wheel.]

Narrator: While driving, a mobile phone must not rest on your leg, be between your shoulder and ear, or any other part of your body.

Graphic: A large red cross of disapproval is shown.

[We now see the driver using the mobile phone in his left hand while driving. Only his right hand is on the steering wheel.]

Narrator: It must not be used for text messaging, video messaging, emailing or similar activities.

Graphic: A large red cross of disapproval is shown.

[The driver has stopped the car in a parking zone on the side of the road. He is using the mobile phone with his left hand.]

Narrator: Drivers can only use a hand-held mobile phone if their vehicle is parked in an authorised parking spot, with the engine turned off.

Graphic: A large green tick of approval is shown.

[The driver is stopped at traffic lights on a red signal. He is using a mobile phone with his left hand and has only his right hand holds the steering wheel.]

Narrator: They cannot use a hand-held mobile phone while stopped at traffic lights.

Graphic: A large red cross of disapproval is shown.

[We now see the driver with both hands on the wheel. His phone is mounted on the dashboard and displays a navigation function on the screen.]

Narrator: Drivers may use the navigational or GPS function of a phone while driving, as long as the phone is secured in a fixed mounting.

Graphic: A large green tick of approval is shown.

Graphic: Learner and provisional P1 and provisional P2 drivers must not use any function of a mobile phone while driving or when the ignition is on.

Narrator: Learner, provisional P1 and provisional P2 drivers must not use any function of a mobile phone while driving or when the ignition is on.

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