New Zealand makes phone navigation illegal

Shane McGlaun - Sep 28, 2009
New Zealand makes phone navigation illegal

Drivers in New Zealand are looking at facing legal fines for using their mobile phone while driving for anything other than starting or ending a phone call. That means that listening to music on the phone or using it, as a navigation device would be illegal in the country.

A new amendment called the Road User Amendment Rule 2009 would make using a mobile phone for GPS navigation illegal, even when dash mounted and hands free. Ironically, a standalone GPS device with the same features would not be illegal under the new law.

The new amendment states, “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.” Seems like a double standard to me.

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