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  1. #1
    Phred
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    In article <[email protected]>, Sylvia Else <[email protected]> wrote:
    >Charles L wrote:
    >> "F Murtz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >>> The local rag has an article about an off duty policeman who nabbed some
    >>> car racing hoons he used his mobile phone to video the cars and activated
    >>> his "speed minder" on the dash to record how fast they were traveling.
    >>> Is it legal for off duty police to use hand held phone while driving?

    >>
    >> I don't know whether it's even legal for police on duty to use a hand held
    >> mobile phone or radio microphone while driving. But then again who
    >> knows?

    >
    >Yes, it is. There's a specific exemption in the legislation allowing
    >them to use a hand-held mobile phone.
    >
    >A radio microphone is not a mobile phone, and isn't covered by the
    >legislation anyway, even for people who are not police officers. The
    >legislation expressly excludes CB radio from inclusion.


    I've often wondered about the CB radio side of things. Presumably it
    was excluded either because it's been around for decades and/or there
    aren't enough people using it to constitute a significant risk to the
    rest of us?

    Cheers, Phred.

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  2. #2
    brian w edginton
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    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 14:44:24 GMT, [email protected] (Phred)
    wrote:

    >I've often wondered about the CB radio side of things. Presumably it
    >was excluded either because it's been around for decades and/or there
    >aren't enough people using it to constitute a significant risk to the
    >rest of us?



    Dunno about that.
    Lots of them in vehicles in rural areas.
    Not to mention every semi and B-double on the highway has a CB or two.

    That said...I have, always, been under the impression that it was
    illegal to use a microphone while driving.
    I guess it was one of those "common knowledge" things that I never
    queried.


    Come to think on it, I did ask a radio inspector back when I got my
    first CB licence in the early 90s. Thought he said it was
    illegal...but he may have said it wasn't a good idea.
    Had more brain cells then. And, maybe, he lied for my own good
    .....LOL.


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  3. #3
    Sylvia Else
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    Phred wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>, Sylvia Else <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> Charles L wrote:
    >>> "F Murtz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]
    >>>> The local rag has an article about an off duty policeman who nabbed some
    >>>> car racing hoons he used his mobile phone to video the cars and activated
    >>>> his "speed minder" on the dash to record how fast they were traveling.
    >>>> Is it legal for off duty police to use hand held phone while driving?
    >>> I don't know whether it's even legal for police on duty to use a hand held
    >>> mobile phone or radio microphone while driving. But then again who
    >>> knows?

    >> Yes, it is. There's a specific exemption in the legislation allowing
    >> them to use a hand-held mobile phone.
    >>
    >> A radio microphone is not a mobile phone, and isn't covered by the
    >> legislation anyway, even for people who are not police officers. The
    >> legislation expressly excludes CB radio from inclusion.

    >
    > I've often wondered about the CB radio side of things. Presumably it
    > was excluded either because it's been around for decades and/or there
    > aren't enough people using it to constitute a significant risk to the
    > rest of us?
    >
    > Cheers, Phred.
    >

    It's about as illogical as allowing the non-hand-help mobile phones,
    given that the evidence seems to be that it's the interaction with the
    other party to the call that's the main problem, not the phyiscal
    manipulation of the phone,

    But, yes, there's probably a 'grandfather rights' thing about it, with
    parliament not being willing to outlaw something that's been in place
    for a long time.

    Sylvia.



  4. #4
    Je▀us
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    [aus.radio.cb added]

    On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 14:44:24 +0000, Phred wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>, Sylvia Else
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>Charles L wrote:
    >>> "F Murtz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]
    >>>> The local rag has an article about an off duty policeman who nabbed
    >>>> some car racing hoons he used his mobile phone to video the cars and
    >>>> activated his "speed minder" on the dash to record how fast they were
    >>>> traveling. Is it legal for off duty police to use hand held phone
    >>>> while driving?
    >>>
    >>> I don't know whether it's even legal for police on duty to use a hand
    >>> held mobile phone or radio microphone while driving. But then again
    >>> who knows?

    >>
    >>Yes, it is. There's a specific exemption in the legislation allowing
    >>them to use a hand-held mobile phone.
    >>
    >>A radio microphone is not a mobile phone, and isn't covered by the
    >>legislation anyway, even for people who are not police officers. The
    >>legislation expressly excludes CB radio from inclusion.

    >
    > I've often wondered about the CB radio side of things. Presumably it
    > was excluded either because it's been around for decades and/or there
    > aren't enough people using it to constitute a significant risk to the
    > rest of us?


    Interesting. Only just found this thread.
    I was under the impression that using mics whilst mobile would also be
    illegal.
    Does anyone have a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding
    this?
    TIA.








  5. #5
    Sylvia Else
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    Je├čus wrote:

    > Interesting. Only just found this thread.
    > I was under the impression that using mics whilst mobile would also be
    > illegal.
    > Does anyone have a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding
    > this?
    > TIA.


    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html

    See subsection (2)

    "(2) In this rule:
    "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way radio."

    Sylvia.



  6. #6
    Je▀us
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:

    > Je├čus wrote:
    >
    >> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the impression
    >> that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal.
    >> Does anyone have a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding
    >> this?
    >> TIA.

    >
    > http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html
    >
    > See subsection (2)
    >
    > "(2) In this rule:
    > "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way radio."
    >
    > Sylvia.


    Thank you Sylvia. Quick too



  7. #7
    Je▀us
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 22:16:53 +0000, Je├čus wrote:

    > On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >
    >> Je├čus wrote:
    >>
    >>> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the impression
    >>> that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal. Does anyone have
    >>> a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding this?
    >>> TIA.

    >>
    >> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html
    >>
    >> See subsection (2)
    >>
    >> "(2) In this rule:
    >> "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way radio."
    >>
    >> Sylvia.

    >
    > Thank you Sylvia. Quick too


    Ah: "New South Wales Consolidated Regulations"
    So this law may vary from state to state?



  8. #8
    Sylvia Else
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    Je├čus wrote:
    > On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 22:16:53 +0000, Je├čus wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>
    >>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the impression
    >>>> that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal. Does anyone have
    >>>> a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding this?
    >>>> TIA.
    >>> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html
    >>>
    >>> See subsection (2)
    >>>
    >>> "(2) In this rule:
    >>> "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way radio."
    >>>
    >>> Sylvia.

    >> Thank you Sylvia. Quick too

    >
    > Ah: "New South Wales Consolidated Regulations"
    > So this law may vary from state to state?


    They're part of the Australian Road Rules. There can still be state
    differences, but usually not. Which state are you interested in?

    Sylvia



  9. #9
    Je▀us
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:20:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:

    > Je├čus wrote:
    >> On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 22:16:53 +0000, Je├čus wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the impression
    >>>>> that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal. Does anyone
    >>>>> have a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding this?
    >>>>> TIA.
    >>>> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html
    >>>>
    >>>> See subsection (2)
    >>>>
    >>>> "(2) In this rule:
    >>>> "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way
    >>>> radio."
    >>>>
    >>>> Sylvia.
    >>> Thank you Sylvia. Quick too

    >>
    >> Ah: "New South Wales Consolidated Regulations" So this law may vary
    >> from state to state?

    >
    > They're part of the Australian Road Rules. There can still be state
    > differences, but usually not. Which state are you interested in?


    I'm in Tassie myself, so thats where I'm particularly interested to know
    of course, cheers.




  10. #10
    Sylvia Else
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    Je├čus wrote:
    > On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:20:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >
    >> Je├čus wrote:
    >>> On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 22:16:53 +0000, Je├čus wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the impression
    >>>>>> that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal. Does anyone
    >>>>>> have a link to the revelent legislation (or info) regarding this?
    >>>>>> TIA.
    >>>>> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html
    >>>>>
    >>>>> See subsection (2)
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "(2) In this rule:
    >>>>> "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way
    >>>>> radio."
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Sylvia.
    >>>> Thank you Sylvia. Quick too
    >>> Ah: "New South Wales Consolidated Regulations" So this law may vary
    >>> from state to state?

    >> They're part of the Australian Road Rules. There can still be state
    >> differences, but usually not. Which state are you interested in?

    >
    > I'm in Tassie myself, so thats where I'm particularly interested to know
    > of course, cheers.
    >


    Here's the equivalent rule from Tasmania, which is much the same.

    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/t...9290/s300.html

    As an aside, I note that unlike the NSW legislation, it doesn't seek to
    widen the meaning of "use", which could presumably lead to argument in
    court about what the word means in this context.

    Sylvia.



  11. #11
    TomTom
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    Sylvia Else wrote:
    > Je├čus wrote:
    >> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:20:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>
    >>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>> On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 22:16:53 +0000, Je├čus wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the
    >>>>>>> impression that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal.
    >>>>>>> Does anyone have a link to the revelent legislation (or info)
    >>>>>>> regarding this? TIA.
    >>>>>> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...8104/s300.html
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> See subsection (2)
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "(2) In this rule:
    >>>>>> "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way
    >>>>>> radio."
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Sylvia.
    >>>>> Thank you Sylvia. Quick too
    >>>> Ah: "New South Wales Consolidated Regulations" So this law may vary
    >>>> from state to state?
    >>> They're part of the Australian Road Rules. There can still be state
    >>> differences, but usually not. Which state are you interested in?

    >>
    >> I'm in Tassie myself, so thats where I'm particularly interested to
    >> know of course, cheers.
    >>

    >
    > Here's the equivalent rule from Tasmania, which is much the same.
    >
    > http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/t...9290/s300.html
    >
    > As an aside, I note that unlike the NSW legislation, it doesn't seek
    > to widen the meaning of "use", which could presumably lead to
    > argument in court about what the word means in this context.


    That provision tends to focus attention on the function of the mobile phone
    as a communication device, and it is at least arguable that other functions
    are not caught.




  12. #12
    Je▀us
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:58:09 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:

    > Je├čus wrote:
    >> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:20:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>
    >>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>> On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 22:16:53 +0000, Je├čus wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:15:17 +1100, Sylvia Else wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Je├čus wrote:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Interesting. Only just found this thread. I was under the
    >>>>>>> impression that using mics whilst mobile would also be illegal.
    >>>>>>> Does anyone have a link to the revelent legislation (or info)
    >>>>>>> regarding this? TIA.
    >>>>>> http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...reg/rr2008104/

    s300.html
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> See subsection (2)
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "(2) In this rule:
    >>>>>> "mobile phone" does not include a CB radio or any other two-way
    >>>>>> radio."
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Sylvia.
    >>>>> Thank you Sylvia. Quick too
    >>>> Ah: "New South Wales Consolidated Regulations" So this law may vary
    >>>> from state to state?
    >>> They're part of the Australian Road Rules. There can still be state
    >>> differences, but usually not. Which state are you interested in?

    >>
    >> I'm in Tassie myself, so thats where I'm particularly interested to
    >> know of course, cheers.
    >>
    >>

    > Here's the equivalent rule from Tasmania, which is much the same.
    >
    > http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/t...9290/s300.html
    >
    > As an aside, I note that unlike the NSW legislation, it doesn't seek to
    > widen the meaning of "use", which could presumably lead to argument in
    > court about what the word means in this context.


    Once again, many thanks Sylvia. Saved me a lot of time digging around for
    the right info. As you say, the wording is somewhat different and I note
    that in Tas the penalty is only 5 penalty units vs. 20 for NSW.

    It at least states: "(2) In this rule,"mobile phone" does not include a
    CB radio or any other two-way radio.





  13. #13
    brian w edginton
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:58:09 +1100, Sylvia Else
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Here's the equivalent rule from Tasmania, which is much the same.
    >
    >http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/t...9290/s300.html
    >
    >As an aside, I note that unlike the NSW legislation, it doesn't seek to
    >widen the meaning of "use", which could presumably lead to argument in
    >court about what the word means in this context.
    >
    >Sylvia.



    BTW
    I wouldn't be surprised if a cop decided driving with one hand on the
    wheel and a mic in the other was akin to inattentive driving.
    I believe they have foot switches for their radios....so they don't
    have to take a hand off the wheel. But, I guess, they don't use it all
    the time.

    Just a thought.

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  14. #14
    Jonathan Wilson
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    > Come to think on it, I did ask a radio inspector back when I got my
    > first CB licence in the early 90s. Thought he said it was
    > illegal...but he may have said it wasn't a good idea.
    > Had more brain cells then. And, maybe, he lied for my own good
    > ....LOL.

    I dont know about the law as it applies to trucks but here in Perth,
    Transperth bus drivers use the radio whilst driving all the time (to talk
    to other busses or to depot/base)



  15. #15
    Phred
    Guest

    Re: Why mobile phones but not CB radio? [Was: hoons]

    In article <[email protected]>, Sylvia Else <[email protected]> wrote:
    >Phred wrote:
    >> In article <[email protected]>, Sylvia Else

    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> Charles L wrote:
    >>>> "F Murtz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>>> news:[email protected]
    >>>>> The local rag has an article about an off duty policeman who nabbed some
    >>>>> car racing hoons he used his mobile phone to video the cars and activated
    >>>>> his "speed minder" on the dash to record how fast they were traveling.
    >>>>> Is it legal for off duty police to use hand held phone while driving?
    >>>> I don't know whether it's even legal for police on duty to use a hand held
    >>>> mobile phone or radio microphone while driving. But then again who
    >>>> knows?
    >>> Yes, it is. There's a specific exemption in the legislation allowing
    >>> them to use a hand-held mobile phone.
    >>>
    >>> A radio microphone is not a mobile phone, and isn't covered by the
    >>> legislation anyway, even for people who are not police officers. The
    >>> legislation expressly excludes CB radio from inclusion.

    >>
    >> I've often wondered about the CB radio side of things. Presumably it
    >> was excluded either because it's been around for decades and/or there
    >> aren't enough people using it to constitute a significant risk to the
    >> rest of us?
    >>

    >It's about as illogical as allowing the non-hand-help mobile phones,
    >given that the evidence seems to be that it's the interaction with the
    >other party to the call that's the main problem, not the phyiscal
    >manipulation of the phone


    Exactly. The law on mobile phones is a cop out as it stands.

    >But, yes, there's probably a 'grandfather rights' thing about it, with
    >parliament not being willing to outlaw something that's been in place
    >for a long time.


    Also, taxis, police, and emergency services in general, rely on mobile
    communication to be effective; so the government was probably
    reluctant to ban the whole caboodle if there was another way out.

    Cheers, Phred.

    --
    [email protected]LID




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