Posted by What a crock on March 21, 2002 at 10:54:20:
What a crock . . the minister must have interests in a company that manfactures or installs handsfree kits . . the big dope !
"Drivers who carry a switched-off mobile phone in their pockets do not commit an offence. The ban does not include fixed hand-free units in cars, but it does cover a portable hands-free unit with an earpiece."
What's the difference between ear-bud and handsfree as regards a safer motoring environment ? You still have to press an 'activate' button if using voice dial on either system ! After that there's very little difference. What if I selotape my mobile to the dash and use my earpiece to talk/listen . . does that make it a 'fixed hand-free unit' ?
What if I go deaf and have to start wearing a hearing aid . . can I be charged under the legislation for unsafe driving because I have a yoke in my ear ?
In reality it should be an offence to use the phone whilst driving . . . but people who invested in their own and others safety by purchasing any type of handsfree kit should not be singled out to the same extent.