Andrew Constance MP advises that the world-first mobile phone detection cameras will be rolled out across NSW from the end of the year to crack down on illegal mobile phone use by drivers.
The NSW Government’s recent pilot of the safety technology checked 8.5 million vehicles and detected more than 100,000 drivers using their phones illegally.
"When you drive while using a phone, you put the safety of yourself, your passengers and the community at risk. There's simply no excuse for it."
In NSW, drivers who use a mobile phone illegally will be penalised five demerit points. The penalty was increased from four to five demerit points on 17 September 2018.
During double demerit periods, drivers who break the rules will be penalised 10 demerit points.
Learner, P1 and P2 drivers and motorcyclists Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked out of the line of traffic to use your phone in any way.
These laws encourage learner and provisional drivers and riders to concentrate on developing their vehicle control and hazard-perception skills. Mobile phone use can distract novice drivers and riders from the driving task.
Learner and P1 drivers and riders who commit a mobile phone offence will exceed their demerit point threshold and face a three-month licence suspension. P2 drivers and riders who commit a mobile phone offence will be two demerit points away from reaching their threshold.