New Law Banning Cell Phones Here

New Law Prohibits Cell Phones While Driving

On January 1, 2010, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act make it illegal to use handheld devices, including cell phones, while driving. A driver caught talking on a hand-held phone or electronic device will be fined $167. A driver caught texting or emailing will be subject to the fine and three penalty points.
Drivers will be permitted to use only hands-free cellphones and devices that require only one touch to activate. For new drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP), there will be a full ban on all cellphone and electronic devices, including hands-free. 


A person may use an electronic device in a hands-free telephone function while driving if:

  • The electronic device, as well as any part or extension of it, is not held or operated by the hand; and
  • It is voice-activated or requires only one touch in order to initiate, accept or end a call; and
  • If the device includes an earpiece, that earpiece can be worn in one ear only and must be placed on the ear prior to driving*; and
  • The electronic device is securely fixed to the vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body, and is within easy reach of he driver’s seat; and 
  • The device must be installed in a manner that does not obstruct the driver’s view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.
  • *Motorcyclists are exempt from the one ear requirement and may have an earpiece in both ears.
  • Note1: Manual dialing is prohibited and is treated as texting.

    Note2: Any type of electronic device with a hands-free telephone function may be used for oral communications if used in a completely hands-free manner as described above.

    More details on what is permitted and what is prohibited under the legislation is at:


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