The Victorian road rules for mobile phone use differ slightly from the Australian road rules and include added stipulations about using mobile phones for GPS and music functions.
 
On November 25th 2013 the Victorian Government introduced new laws, which extended the ban on first-year probationary drivers using hands-free mobiles to the full four-year probationary period.
 
Below is a simple explanation of the law from the Vicroads website – current as at 29 August 2014. 

 
Fully licensed drivers
Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, except to make or receive a phone call or to use its audio/music functions provided the phone:
  • is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle, or
  • can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, and is not resting on any part of the driver's body.

Using a phone as a navigational device/GPS while driving is prohibited unless it is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle.  All other functions (including video calls, texting and emailing) are prohibited. 

Learner and Probationary drivers
Learner, P1 and P2 drivers, are prohibited from using a mobile phone at all while driving. This includes hands-free and hand-held, and messaging of any kind.
 

Outlined below is a full description of the mobile phone law in Victoria from the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2009 - Authorised Version incorporating amendments as at 1 July 2014. 

300 Use of mobile phones
 
(1) The driver of a vehicle who is not a learner driver or the holder of a P1 probationary driver licence must not use a mobile phone while the vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked, unless—
 
(a) the phone is being used—
 
(i) to make or receive a phone call (other than a text message, video message, email or similar communication); or
 
(ii) to perform an audio playing function— and the body of the phone—
 
(iii) is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle while being so used; or
 
(iv) is not being held by the driver, and the use of the phone does not require the driver, at any time while using it, to press any thing on the body of the phone or to otherwise manipulate any part of the body of the phone; or
 
(b) the phone is being used to perform a navigational or intelligent highway and vehicle system function in a vehicle that is not a motor bike and the body of the phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle while being used; or
 
(c) the phone is being used to perform a navigational or intelligent highway vehicle system function on a motor bike; or
 
(d) the vehicle is an emergency vehicle, enforcement vehicle or a police vehicle.
 
(1A) Despite anything to the contrary in rule 299(2), the driver of a vehicle who is a learner driver or the holder of a P1 probationary driver licence must not use a mobile phone, including using the phone to perform a navigational or intelligent highway and vehicle system function or an audio playing function, while the vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked.
 
(1A) The driver of a vehicle who is a learner driver or the holder of a probationary driver licence must not use a mobile phone, including using the phone to perform a navigational or intelligent highway vehicle system function or an audio playing function, while the vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked.
 
(2) For the purposes of this rule, a mobile phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle if, and only if—
 
(a) the mounting is commercially designed and manufactured for that purpose; and
 
(b) the mobile phone is secured in the mounting, and the mounting is affixed to the vehicle, in the manner intended by the manufacturer.
 
(3) For the purposes of this rule, a driver does not use a phone to receive a text message, video message, email or similar communication if—
 
(a) the communication is received automatically by the phone; and
 
(b) on and after receipt, the communication itself (rather than any indication that the communication has been received) does not become automatically visible on the screen of the phone.
 
(4)   In this rule—
 
affixed to, in relation to a vehicle, includes forming part of the vehicle;
 
body, in relation to a mobile phone, means the part of the phone that contains the majority of the phone's mechanisms;
 
held includes held by, or resting on, any part of the driver's body, but does not include held in a pocket of the driver's clothing or in a pouch worn by the driver;
 
mobile phone does not include a CB radio or any other two way radio;
 
use, in relation to a mobile phone, includes any of the following actions by a driver—
 
(a) holding the body of the phone in her or his hand (whether or not engaged in a phone call), except while in the process of giving the body of the phone to a passenger in the vehicle;

(b) entering or placing, other than by the use of voice, anything into the phone, or sending or looking at anything that is in the phone;

(c) turning the phone on or off;

(d) operating any other function of the phone.
 
(5) For the purpose of this rule a vehicle may be parked even though

(a) the key to the vehicle is located in the vehicle's ignition lock; or

(b) the engine of the vehicle is running.
 

For more information visit the Vicroads website.

 


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