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Using mobile phones in emergency vehicles – NSW

Australian Emergency Law

Although the road rules are meant to be the same across Australia, each state does have the power to make rules that apply on in their state.   On 1 November some new Road Rules will come into effect in NSW; the changes are contained in the Road Amendment (Miscellaneous) Rules 2012 (NSW).  One area of interest for the drivers of emergency vehicles is the rule 300 that relates to the use of mobile phones.  A brochure issued by Roads and Maritime Services says:

Use of mobile phones

While a vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), a driver 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 driver to touch or manipulate the…

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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