New Zealand Law Makes Cell Phone Use In Cars Illegal

Posted: Sep 28 2009, 11:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:30pm CDT, in News | Mobile Phones


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The Transportation Ministry in New Zealand passed a new law on cell phones recently that is set to go into effect on November 1st. The new law makes it illegal to use a cell phone inside a vehicle for sending texts and for any other use.

That means that it would be illegal to use the phone as a navigation device and a music player as well. The law is called the Road User Amendment Rule 2009. The rule banned the use of a mobile phone even if mounted in a hands free kit.

However, the restriction would not have applied to stand alone navigation devices. "You can use a mobile phone held in a cradle while driving, but only to make, receive or terminate a phone call. You cannot use them in any other way, such as reading a GPS map, reading email, or consulting an electronic diary."

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