Highways and Public Works

Distracted Driving

Questions and Answers

Motor Vehicles Act - Cell Phone Use Legislative Changes

Be smart ...

Leave the Phone Alone ...

Pull over and avoid DISTRACTION.  


 

 

  1. Which electronic devices are permitted to be used while driving?
  2. Which electronic devices are prohibited from being used while driving? 
  3. Who is permitted to use electronic devices while driving? 
  4. Can I use other devices such as an iPod® or iPad® while driving? 
  5. Can I have my iPhone® on the seat with the speakers on listening to music? 
  6. Can I use other functions on my electronic device as long as I am not phoning, texting, or emailing? 
  7. What are the penalties? 
  8. What about Graduated Drivers Licence (GDL) drivers? 
  9. Why are these changes being implemented?  
  10. Why is the Yukon government banning hand-held devices but not hands-free? 
  11. Why are people with a Graduated Driver's Licences banned from using hands free devices?  
  12. Why is the Yukon government allowing some wired devices to be used?

1. Which electronic devices are permitted to be used while driving?

It is unsafe to use any electronic device while driving. Any electronic device may be used by a driver when the vehicle is safely and lawfully parked.

Cell phones configured in a hands-free manner and other simple push-to-talk, two-way radios such as amateur radios, and CBs are permitted to be used while driving.


2. Which electronic devices are prohibited from being used while driving? 

A driver may not use any device while driving, which has the capability of phoning, texting, or emailing.

“Using” an electronic device includes holding it, or operating any function of the device while driving.


 3. Who is permitted to use electronic devices while driving?

As a part of their official duties, emergency personnel are permitted to use any electronic devices while driving.

Emergency personnel include police, fire, ambulance and emergency response personnel actively responding to an emergency.


4. Can I use other devices such as an iPod® or iPad® while driving? 

These devices cannot be used while driving if they have the capability of phoning, messaging, or emailing. 


5. Can I have my iPhone® on the seat with the speakers on listening to music? 

Since the iPhone® has the capability to be used as a phone, it cannot be operated by the driver while driving, even for the purposes of listening to music. If a driver wishes to operate any function of the iPhone® (or any similar device such as a Blackberry®), he or she must park the vehicle in order to do so. 


6. Can I use other functions on my electronic device as long as I am not phoning, texting, or emailing? 

If the device has the capability to be used as a phone or for messaging, the driver cannot use it in any manner while driving.

Read about the definition of “use” under question #2. 


7. What are the penalties? 

$250 fine and 3 demerit points. 


8. What about Graduated Drivers Licence (GDL) drivers? 

GDL drivers are not permitted to use any electronic devices (even those configured as hands-free) unless safely and lawfully parked.

In addition, if a GDL driver is convicted of using an electronic device while driving, he or she will be required to re-start the entire GDL program


9. Why are these changes being implemented?

Yukon government considers that safety is a right that all users of Yukon’s road infrastructure should experience every time they are on the road.

The development of this new preventative legislation is based on Yukoners’ clear desire to increase road safety by prohibiting the use of cell phones and similar devices that take the driver’s focus away from the task of driving safely.


10. Why is the Yukon government banning hand-held devices but not hands-free?

Yukon government wants to assist Yukon drivers with ways to reduce driving distractions. The intent of this amendment is to reduce risky behaviour while driving.

Safe Yukon roads depend on all of us. Drivers need to consider their actions and drive responsibly at all times.

All Canadian jurisdictions regulate the operation of motor vehicles. It is important that drivers respect the same law across Canada. 


11. Why are people with a Graduated Driver's Licence banned from using hands-free devices?

Driving is a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. Even the most experienced drivers need to remain focused at all times while driving.

New, inexperienced drivers need to concentrate further in all their actions behind the wheel. Allowing them to use hands-free devices will deter these drivers from remaining concentrated at all times.

Once these new drivers become fully-licenced, they will be able to use hands-free devices.

However, it is preferable that all drivers avoid from using any device that could interfere with their concentration while driving.


12. Why is the Yukon government allowing some wired devices to be used?

 The use of wired devices (i.e. amateur radios and CBs) has been common for decades, and does not seem to pose the same safety risks as cell phone use.

 


 

 

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