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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 - REG 244V

Use of mobile phones by users of electric personal transporters

    (1)     A person travelling on an electric personal transporter on a road or road related area must not use a mobile phone while the electric personal transporter is moving unless—

        (a)     the phone is being used to make or receive an audio phone call or to perform an audio playing function and the body of the phone—

              (i)     is secured in a mounting affixed to the electric personal transporter while being so used; or

              (ii)     is not being held by the person, and the use of the phone does not require the person, at any time while using it, to press anything on the body of the phone or to otherwise manipulate any part of the body of the phone; or

        (b)     the phone is being used to perform a navigational or intelligent highway and vehicle system function and the body of the phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the electric personal transporter while being so used.

Penalty:     10 penalty units.

    (2)     For the purposes of this rule, a person does not use a phone to receive a text message, video message, email or similar communication if—

        (a)     the communication is received automatically by the phone; and

        (b)     on and after receipt, the communication itself (rather than any indication that the communication has been received) does not become automatically visible on the screen of the phone.

    (3)     In this rule—

"affixed to", in relation to an electric personal transporter, includes forming part of the electric personal transporter;

"audio phone call" does not include an email, text message, video call, video message or other similar communication;

"body", in relation to a mobile phone, means the part of the phone that contains the majority of the phone's mechanisms;

"held" includes held by, or resting on, any part of the person's body, but does not include held in a pocket of the person's clothing or in a pouch worn by the person;

"mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way radio;

"use", in relation to a mobile phone, includes any of the following actions by a person—

        (a)     holding the body of the phone in the person's hand (whether or not engaged in a phone call);

        (b)     entering or placing, other than by the use of voice, anything into the phone, or sending or looking at anything that is in the phone;

        (c)     turning the phone on or off;

        (d)     operating any other function of the phone.

Part 15—Additional rules for bicycle riders

Notes

1     This Part contains rules that apply only to bicycle riders. Most rules in these Rules apply to bicycle riders in the same way as they apply to drivers—see rule 19. There are some other rules that are for bicycle riders only, or that have exceptions for bicycle riders. These include—

    •     optional hook turn by bicycle riders— rule 35;

    •     bicycle riders making a hook turn contrary to a no hook turn by bicycles sign rule 36;

    •     bicycle riders excepted from giving stop signals— rule 52;

    •     exception for bicycle riders riding in emergency stopping lanesrule 95;

    •     bicycle riders entering and leaving roundaboutsrules 111 and 119;

    •     bicycle riders overtaking on the leftrule 141;

    •     riding alongside other riders— rule 151;

    •     bicycle lanesrule 153;

    •     parking at a bicycle rail or in a bicycle rack— rule 166;

    •     stopping on footpathsrule 197;

    •     stopping on a road with a bicycle parking sign rule 201.

2     Bicycle is defined in the dictionary.



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