bicycles and motorcycles: mobile phone road rules

All states and territories do not have separate mobile phone/device rules for motor vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles. While a vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), a rider may only use a mobile phone to make or receive a call or use the audio playing function:

–  If the mobile phone is secured in a fixed mounting; or

–  If not in a mounting, use of the mobile phone must not require a rider to touch or manipulate the phone in any way.

All other functions including texting, video messaging, online chatting, reading/preview messages and emailing are prohibited, even if it is hands free.

Unless your vehicle is parked, riders on a moving or stationary vehicle must not have hold a phone in their hand. Using or holding a mobile phone in your hand while riding is illegal. If you need to use your mobile phone or program a GPS, you must pull over, park in a safe place first and turn off your engine.

GPS and other visual display unit may only be used if secured in a fixed mounting. It should be positioned to not distract the rider’s view. This mounting must be commercially designed and manufactured for this purpose.

Learner and Provisional P1 licence

You are not allowed to use any function on your phone (including hands-free) while riding. This does not stipulate if the vehicle is motorised or not.

L and P plate restrictions

These restrictions do not apply in Western Australia, the restrictions are the same to all drivers/riders. The ACT and Tasmania do not make specific mention of Learner and P licence holders regarding phones.

The same penalties also apply to bicycles as well as motorised vehicles in all states and territories, with only Queensland and Victoria stating that demerit points only apply to motorised vehicles with only a fine being issued to bicycles when they break the rules.