Not an offence to use a mobile phone while vehicle is stationary

ST, 4 Sep 2013

Not an offence to use a mobile phone while vehicle is stationary, such as at traffic light.

cellphone while driving

Traffic Matters FAQ

2. What constitute handphone driving?
To ensure that only drivers who blatantly disregard the safety of other road users by using their mobile phone while driving, 3 clear conditions were stipulated. For the offence of handphone driving to stand, ALL the following 3 conditions must be fulfilled:

(a) the vehicle is in motion; and

(b) the driver is holding on to the handphone with one hand; and

(c) the driver is communicating with any person with that handphone.

[Para 2(c) includes making phone calls, paging for someone, receiving a call by pressing the keypad, reading, writing or sending of SMS.]

5. Examples of Handphone Driving:

Scenario A (Paging for someone) Page for someone, with or without earpiece, using one hand to hold on to the mobile phone while driving.

Scenario B (SMS/MMS message) Writing, Sending, and Reading SMS/MMS messages from someone, with or without earpiece, using one hand to hold on to the mobile phone while driving.

Scenario C (Making a Call) Making a call, with or without earpiece, by pressing the keypads and was holding handphone in one hand while driving.

Scenario D (Receiving a Call) Receiving a call, with or without earpiece, by pressing the keypads and was holding handphone in one hand while driving.

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