Mobile phone ban
From 1 December 2020 all learners and P1 licence holders will be banned from any mobile phone use. This includes hands-free and speaker mode.
The total mobile phone ban does not include playing music or GPS, as long as the phone is set up prior to commencing driving so you do not interact with it in any way while driving.
Standalone GPS devices can continue to be used during the learner and P1 stages from 1 December.
New drivers have limited experience and need to devote their attention to driving. Using a mobile phone, even hands-free or on speaker mode, while driving causes distraction and increases crash risk.
Removing distractions like mobile phones is a proven way to help reduce distractions and protect new drivers.