The Transport Ministry of New Zealand has clarified the terms of a new law that restricts the use of cellphones in cars, saying that from November it will be illegal to use a mobile phone as a satellite navigation aid while driving.
According to the Road User Amendment Rule 2009, drivers will not be able to look at a navigation aid on a mobile phone when driving, even if it is mounted on the dashboard.
Users can use a mobile phone held in a cradle while driving, but only to make, receive or terminate a phone call. However, users cannot use them in any other way, such as reading a GPS map, reading email or consulting an electronic diary.
The restriction does not apply to navigation systems that do not have a mobile phone function.