What about using mobiles for maps and music?

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has recently announced the 10th package of proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules which will enable drivers to use mobile phones as navigational aids.

Using mobile phones for audio functions while driving is not allowed under the current and proposed Australian Road Rules.

However, the Australian road rules are model laws only and must be adopted in each State or Territory, which is not always the case. 

Unfortunately the current rules for using mobile phones for music and GPS/satellite navigation purposes are quite confusing across Australia’s different States and Territories.

Under current laws adopted in the ACTSouth Australia and Tasmania, drivers are banned from using their phone-based GPS maps but are allowed to use portable navigation devices for the same purpose.

Northern TerritoryNew South WalesVictoria and Western Australia have added exemptions to their road rules, which allow the use of mobile phones for GPS navigation provided that the driver does not touch the phone and the handset is mounted in a commercially approved car cradle/holder affixed to the windscreen or dashboard in a location that will not distract or obscure the drivers view.

New South Wales and Victorian laws also allow audio playing functions if the mobile phone is mounted in a cradle under the above stipulations.

The road laws in Queensland are less clear and offer no specific advice on using mobile phones for navigation purposes when placed in a cradle.

We recommend all drivers check the details of the specific laws in your State or Territory to be certain you comply with the law.

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