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The grace period ends today, Saturday 29 February 2020.

From the beginning of Sunday 1 March 2020, fines apply.

NRMA:

End of grace period for mobile phone detection cameras

Mobile phone detection cameras in New South Wales came into operation in December 2019 around the state.

Unlike speed and red light cameras, the mobile phone detection cameras uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect illegal phone use. It can operate in all weather conditions including fog and wet weather.

The AI technology will capture an image of the front seats and is then later reviewed by a human to verify an offence has been made.

A three month grace period was in place from December, whereby drivers would receive warning letters only. There were no fines or loss of demerit points during this time.

However, from March 1, drivers caught by a mobile phone detection camera will be fined and lose demerit points.

The penalty for illegally operating a mobile phone while driving is $344 or $457, if detected in a school zone. You'll also lose five demerit points, this will double to ten during double demerit periods.

However, there will be allowances for mobile phone use in the car. These concessions include using a phone in a cradle with Bluetooth, handling a phone while passing it to a passenger, as well as using it in a drive-through service situation.

Responding to key NRMA recommendations from Can't Talk Driving report the NSW Government will be enforcing tougher penalties and new camera technology to catch people using their phones illegally.

However, the Government will introduce the cameras without warning signs and the NRMA feels this is an opportunity lost to drive home the safety message of not using your phone illegally.

The NSW government said it would "progressively expand" to perform 135 million vehicle checks by 2023. With independent modelling showing that these cameras could prevent around 100 fatal and serious injury crashes over five years.

For more information about the Mobile Phone Detection Camera Program please click here:

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(https://www.mynrma.com.au/cars-and-...es/mobile-phone-detection-cameras-rolling-out)
 

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These FAQ's may be of interest:

10. How long after an offence will penalty notices be issued?

Penalty notices will typically be issued within a week of an offence being committed. As per current availability for camera-detected speeding and red-light offences in NSW, the recipient of the penalty notice will be able to review, via the Revenue NSW website (https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/ ) the image of the offence depicting the illegal mobile phone use.

11. What if I'm the registered operator of the vehicle but was not driving at the time of the offence?

As with speed and red light camera offences, the legislation allows the registered operator (owner) of the vehicle to nominate the person responsible for the offence.

(https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/mobilephones/technology.html#faq15)
 

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Has anyone been issued with a warning during the grace period, ?
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My colleague at work using the Government Car on a Saturday Morning 0630, passing the Dectection camera opposite Robertson Rd & Anzac Pre.
The Division called him in and made him aware of the Penalty warning notification.
His left hand was holding the phone resting on his lap.

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You can get fined for pax using their phone. May be a good way to get pax to sit in the back. Maybe a sign advising pax that they will have to pay the fine for using their phone to try get them to sit in the back.
I was under the impression if it was something along the use of a FaceTime or a passenger showing some sort of visual screen to the driver?
 
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