Hands free law
From 1 November 2009, it’s illegal to use a handheld mobile while driving. That means no texting, talking, taking pics or checking your emails while you’re behind the wheel.
This rule was amended, with effect from 11 December 2009, to allow a driver to use a mobile phone for any purpose, other than text message, video message, email, or similar communication, while driving. The phone has to be secured in a mounting that is fixed to the vehicle and the driver is allowed to manipulate and look at the phone only infrequently and briefly.
You are allowed to make and receive a call if you are using a hands-free kit, or if your mobile is totally voice activated.
2degrees backs the changes to our road rules completely; it’s a small yet significant step in keeping our roads safer. For greater safety we suggest that you turn your mobile off and collect your messages when you’ve stopped driving.
If you’re keen to find out more about the new road rules, check out: www.nzta.govt.nz