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Car Phone usage policy


November 1st 2009 saw a law change and it became illegal for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

The Road User Rule states that drivers cannot use a mobile phone:
to make, receive, or terminate a telephone call, to create, send, or read a text message or email, to create, send, or view a video message or to communicate in a similar way in any other way.

The ban also includes other telecommunications devices such as the Blackberry and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) but excludes two-way radios. However, a driver may, while driving a vehicle, use a mobile phone in a way described above if the mobile phone does not require the driver to hold or physically manipulate it to make, receive, or terminate the call (e.g. Blue Tooth technology) or is secured in a mounting fixed to the vehicle and the driver manipulates the phone infrequently and briefly (e.g. hands-free kit).

It is good business practice to have a policy in place to outline what is acceptable practice for staff when using vehicles on the company's behalf.

Here are the essential elements to define such a policy and comply with the law.

MS Word  This product is provided in MS Word 97 format. Other formats are available upon request

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