Hands off that mobile phone while driving! New penalties for learners and P1 drivers from 22 January 2016

Hello all!

Did you know that from 22 January 2016, learners and provisional P1 (red Ps) licence holders are not permitted to use a mobile phone AT ALL (regardless of bluetooth or hands free options) while driving or riding. They must be parked away from the traffic to use the phone at all.

Learner and P1 drivers and riders illegally using a mobile phone will face four demerit points which will exceed their demerit point threshold and face a three-month licence suspension.

Fully licensed, provisional P2 (green Ps) drivers and motorcyclists, who illegally use mobile phones will face an increase in demerit points from three to four points from today also!

For further information see NSW Transport’s website on the matter. 

Natalie Ballard is a senior associate with Adams & Partners, and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2003. She joined Adams & Partners in November 2009. Prior to joining Adams & Partners Lawyers, Natalie worked for two mid-tier Sydney based law firms primarily in the areas of class action and banking and finance law. She has extensive practical and commercial experience in mortgage disputes after working with one of Australia’s largest banks. Read more about Natalie here.

About Natalie Ballard

Natalie Ballard is a senior associate with Adams & Partners, and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2003. She joined Adams & Partners in November 2009. Prior to joining Adams & Partners Lawyers, Natalie worked for two mid-tier Sydney based law firms primarily in the areas of class action and banking and finance law. She has extensive practical and commercial experience in mortgage disputes after working with one of Australia’s largest banks. Read more about Natalie here.