NSW Authorises In-Car Mobile Phone Payments Under Certain Conditions
- on December 12, 2019
- Categories: News
A revised state law in New South Wales (NSW) now permits drivers to pay through their mobile phones from behind the wheels in specific circumstances.
Drivers in NSW will be able to carry out mobile phone payments at a drive-through of a food chain or car parking if their car is completely still and is not in traffic. Drivers can also legally use their cellphones to access their digital licence if required by an NSW police officer.
Typically, getting caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel results in a $344 fine ($457 around a school area) and five demerit points. However, there will be no penalty if the vehicle is stationary and off the road.
The Executive Director of Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety stated that stakeholders voiced their troubles over laws stopping them from making crucial mobile phone payments at driveways and parking lots. The purpose of this adjustment in road-safety regulations is to stay up to date with the latest developments and accommodate those who have day-to-day interactions with technology.
Drivers must, however, note that using a mobile phone while driving is extremely unsafe, so following the strict rules is crucial not only for preventing fines but also for staying safe on the road.
NSW recognises this critical need for safety and will officially launch its monitoring program from December 1. The system deploys cameras to detect and charge drivers using a mobile phone while driving.