Cellphone ban in cars likely this year
4:00AM Tuesday Jun 02, 2009
By Mathew Dearnaley

The Transport Minister wants action this year to ban drivers from using hand-held cellphones.

Steven Joyce said yesterday that he would seek rule changes to ban voice calls and texting, subject to recommendations from officials and Cabinet approval.

He is waiting for a Ministry of Transport report on public consultation about the use of cellphones while driving.

He understood it showed a "broad level of consensus" on banning the use of hand-held cellphones.

Transport officials are busy preparing recommendations for public submissions on road safety actions expected to be taken next year to reduce dangers such as drink-driving and excessive speed.

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