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13-09-2018, 08:08 PM
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The ambulance driver I had today is a very nice ,helpful man ,I cant fault his driving,he is a good driver, but he often talks to others through hands free mobile while driving [ other driver also do the same ]. I thought even this was against the law?
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13-09-2018, 08:13 PM
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No deylon, not if it is hands free. Personally I think it still distracts from driving but that is the law.
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13-09-2018, 08:13 PM
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Hands free is legal. It's only if he is holding a handset to his ear that it's against the law.
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13-09-2018, 08:14 PM
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Hands-free phone use: the law
You are allowed to use a phone if it is fully hands-free – you’re not allowed to pick it up and operate it even momentarily.

Any hands-free devices should be fully set up before you drive, so you can take calls without handling the device.

The police still have the power to stop you if they believe you have been distracted by using a mobile phone while driving, even if it’s fully hands-free. Some road safety groups believe mobile phones should be completely switched off while driving, to avoid any distractions.
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13-09-2018, 08:18 PM
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Hands-free phone use: the law
You are allowed to use a phone if it is fully hands-free Ė youíre not allowed to pick it up and operate it even momentarily.

Any hands-free devices should be fully set up before you drive, so you can take calls without handling the device.

The police still have the power to stop you if they believe you have been distracted by using a mobile phone while driving, even if itís fully hands-free. Some road safety groups believe mobile phones should be completely switched off while driving, to avoid any distractions.
So do I in general - but ambulance crew may need to keep in touch with their base. If it was just chit chat to a friend - that's different.
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13-09-2018, 11:17 PM
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I was wondering that Tabby ... as in, who was he talking to?
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13-09-2018, 11:32 PM
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It doesn't matter if he was talking to his mum as long as it's hands-free then it's not against the law. Bus/coach drivers etc also talk to the base via the radio as do train drivers, police etc. Plus then you have air pilots in constant contact with air traffic control etc. It's normal for professionals.
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13-09-2018, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AnnieS ->
It doesn't matter if he was talking to his mum as long as it's hands-free then it's not against the law. Bus/coach drivers etc also talk to the base via the radio as do train drivers, police etc. Plus then you have air pilots in constant contact with air traffic control etc. It's normal for professionals.
I appreciate that, Annie, but it could still be distracting.
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14-09-2018, 01:16 AM
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My wife's phone has Bluetooth paring with our Nissan car , so to answer she can do it via buttons on the steering wheel, it has built in Mike and speaker
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14-09-2018, 07:08 AM
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It is very hard nowadays, to ascertain when folks are talking to themselves.
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