Where does the confusion lie?
The debate stemmed from a Facebook post that went viral, stipulating that it is an offence to touch your mobile devices while driving, not even at traffic lights. The handphone driving debacle continued when Allsingaporestuff backed up the Facebook post, stating that drivers are not allowed to touch their mobile devices, even at traffic lights.
After receiving contradictory information from both sides, we decided to do a little digging to find out exactly what would land you a hefty fine for using your handphone in the car.
So, what constitutes the handphone driving law?
In addition, it is important to note that all 3 conditions have to be fulfilled before it is considered a chargeable offence. While this may seem like a lenient legislation, this law is in effect as long as you do not cause an accident to happen. The repercussions for causing an accident while using your handphone will likely be much more severe.
What is the penalty for ‘handphone driving’?
If convicted of handphone driving for the first time, the driver is liable to a fine of up to $1,000/-, or jailed up to 6 month, or both. The offender may also have his license revoked. In the event that the license is not revoked, he will be given 12 demerit points instead.
If convicted of handphone driving multiple times, a second-time or subsequent offender shall be liable to a maximum fine of $2,000/-, or jailed for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both. The offence may also be compounded with a composition amount of up to $230/-. The offender will also be given 12 demerit points.
The offender’s handphone and SIM card may be seized to facilitate investigations. These may be forfeited by the court upon conviction.
Still not convinced?
To hear the full announcement of the clarification in laws pertaining to handphone driving, refer to the video below for more details:
Summary: This handphone driving law applies only to holding a mobile device when the vehicle is moving. However, motorists are strongly advised not to handle their device throughout their entire journey to prevent distractions and maintain their focus on the road.