Tips for Truckies to Stay Legal on Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones while driving in Australia is governed by sets of rules that vary from state to state.

National Heavy Haulage are dedicated to upholding only the highest standards in oversize transport and we take safety seriously. Thanks to some help from Sprout we've compiled current rules and separated them by each state to make your life easier and Australia’s roads safer.*

We've also included some top tips for safe mobile phone use while driving, to coincide with the Australian Trucking Association's Safety Truck campaign. Focusing on safe heavy haulage is necessary to ensure lives are saved on the roads.


Using your mobile phone in your hand is illegal when driving, even if you are stopped at traffic lights. You must pull over and park in a safe place to make or receive a call. Hands-free use is permitted, however. Learner and P1 drivers are not allowed to use their phones at all, including on speaker phone. Drivers are allowed to make calls, listen to music and use navigation systems with their phone if it's in a mobile phone cradle.

Truck phone safety tip #1: if you stop to make a call, pull over safely.


Drivers are not permitted to use their phone in their hands, but hands-free is allowed. Learners, P1 and P2 drivers are completely banned from using their mobiles, hands-free or not. Calls are allowed if you're using a phone cradle, however.

Truck phone safety tip #2: always use hands-free, never hold your phone when driving.

New South Wales

If you're in New South Wales, you’re banned from touching your phone at all while you’re inside the car. You can only use your phone if it’s in an approved mobile device holder or completely hands-free. Learners and P1 drivers cannot use phones, even hands-free.

Truck phone safety tip #3: don't make calls in poor road conditions, such as bad weather.

Northern Territory

Territorians can make calls, play music or use GPS if the phone is in an approved cradle or hands-free. Just like the rest of the country, people learning to drive and P1 drivers are not allowed to use phones while they are driving at all.

Truck phone safety tip #4: use your phone's features, especially voice activated tools, to make calling easier.


Tasmanian drivers are permitted to use GPS only if they use an approved fixed mount. Playing music and making calls are both allowed with either hands-free or a cradle.

Truck phone safety tip #5: don't engage in emotional or difficult conversations if talking on the phone while driving.

South Australia

Phone users in South Australia must use phones that operate entirely hands-free or placed in a commercially-manufactured cradle if you want to place a call, use a GPS or play music. Learners and P1 drivers can't operate phones at all.

Western Australia

The same as Tasmania, if you want to use GPS you have to use a holder, but calls and music are both permitted with a cradle or hands-free.

Truck phone safety tip #6: use voicemail to answer calls.

For more information on safe heavy haulage

To find out more about how you can help make the roads a safer place, take a look at the Australian Trucking Association's Safety Truck campaign. We are committed to doing our part to ensuring heavy haulage safety around the country. Learn more about our haulage service capabilities and commitment to safe heavy haulage for everyone on the road.

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*This information should be used as a guide only at your own risk. Information current at September 2014.