Road traffic laws
Failing to comply with road traffic law generally leads to convictions for the driver, and potentially the Operator licence holder.
Common causes for non-compliance
It's an offence to drive a vehicle in a position that doesn't give you proper control of the vehicle or a full view of the road ahead.
This offence covers a multitude of situations, such as:
- talking on a hands-free phone
- using the keys on a hands-free phone. A phone or device is hand-held if it has to be held to use it. This includes cradling the phone between ear and their shoulder
- eating, smoking or drinking
- talking to passengers in the vehicle
- map reading
- using satellite navigation systems
- using a two-way radio
- changing a CD or radio station
The above offence also requires a full view of the road ahead. A driver may not have a full view if:
- a satellite navigation system is poorly placed, interfering with the driver’s view to the front
- there is ice or mist on the windscreen blocking the view ahead
- there are furry dice, Christmas lights or stickers crowding the windscreen
Please use the downloadable documents and links below for more information on road traffic law.
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