Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 212.025 & 906.633
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
We've had only hands free calling allowed for years. I guess after 10 years this sounds equally natural as the safety belt rule today.
Our rules are written in a generic way where all distracting use of equipment is forbidden. This should cover "making notes" or "shaving" but in practise only telephone use is monitored.
The stupid thing in my opinion is that these headset devices, specifically corded headsets are interpreted being hands free devices. If you don't have your headset properly placed when starting to drive, I find it a lot more dangerous when drivers start to put headsets on, straighten the wires when taking a corded headset from the pocket and connecting it to the phone as opposed to just answering the phone.
We also have probably more than 50% of cars with manual gear stick and single handed driving is completely allowed anyway when changing gears, which is almost most of the time in city driving.
I am personally in favour of true integrated hands free support in the car which allows you to take and make calls without even releasing a single hand from the steering wheel (specifically important for incoming calls where you cannot select a good place to make the call). HF does not make driving equally safe as if you were discussing with one of the passengers in the car because the other side cannot adapt to the exact traffic scenarios.
Common sense should make driving a lot safer than any of these HF laws anyway. This pretty much feels like the relevant industry trying to make their business flourish by forcing customers to buy their equipment.