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Mobile Phone Penalties Double 01 Aug 19

From the 1st August 2019 the infringement is now $500 for using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving.

Road users in the Northern Territory should be aware of the increases in penalties for using your mobile phone or VDU whilst driving your vehicle.  These changes to the road rules and infringements came into effect on the 1st August 2019.  Further details can be found on the Towards Zero website 

Statement on distracted drivers from Anthony Hill - CEO AANT.  “It is vital that all drivers remain alert and focused while behind the wheel, being distracted for even a second, puts you, your passengers and the public at risk” said Mr Hill.

“Ensure your phone or device is out of reach or is turned off, whatever it takes.   Drivers need to take responsibility to avoid getting distracted” said Mr Hill.  “Our members rank road safety as the number one concern on the roads. The Automotive Association of the Northern Territory (aant) supports all efforts to reduce the rate of incidents and accidents on our roads”

Other key changes effective 1st August 2019 are:

  • Motorcyclists will be permitted to lane-filter safely through traffic travelling less than 30km/h.
  • When travelling in a 60km/h or less speed zone, motorists will be required to leave a minimum one metre passing distance when overtaking a cyclist. When the speed limit is over 60km/h, motorists will be required to leave a passing distance of at least one and a half metres.
  • Cyclists will be allowed to ride slowly across pedestrian crossings.
  • Learner drivers will no longer be able to ride a moped.
  • New rules confirm that children under one year of age, travelling in commercial passenger vehicles will be allowed to be nursed on the lap of a passenger over 16 years of age, if there is no child restraint available. If a person is over one year of age they must be in a seatbelt or a child restraint if available.

Further details and full list of changes can be found at Towards Zero

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