Home' Open Road NSW Central Coast and Hunter : OR1118 Contents NRMA Members can now get a 10 per
cent discount on Manly Fast Ferry
tickets using OpalPay, in a move to
further reduce cost-of-transport
pressures on Sydney families.
The partnership between OpalPay
and Manly Fast Ferry represents the
first time the NSW Government’s
public transport ticketing system has
partnered with an operator to offer
By logging into the my nrma app and
adding their Opal card number, NRMA
Members will automatically receive a
discount of more than 90 cents per
journey when tapping on or off a
Manly Fast Ferry.
NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund says
the announcement shows the NRMA’s
commitment to deliver further tangible
benefits for Members and reduce
transport costs for Sydney families.
“The NRMA is strategically focused
on keeping people moving and
supporting families as they get out and
about enjoying the best tourist
destinations Australia has to offer.
“This partnership between OpalPay
and Manly Fast Ferry enables us to do
both,” he says.
Harsher penalty for phone misuse
Member discount on Fast Ferry
NSW Government ups demerits to deter dangerous driving
THE BIG STORIES THAT IMPACT MEMBERS
MOTORISTS CAUGHT USING a mobile
phone illegally while driving will now be
hit with five demerit points instead of
four, following an increase to the penalty
introduced on September 17.
During double demerit periods, such
as on long weekends, an infringement
will cost an unrestricted driver 10 of the
13 demerit points on their licence.
Learner, P 1 and P2 licence holders are
not permitted to use a mobile phone at
all while driving or riding. This includes
when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in
traffic. They must be parked out of the
line of traffic to use a phone in any way.
These laws encourage learner and
provisional drivers and riders to
concentrate on developing their vehicle
control and hazard-perception skills.
Mobile phone use can distract novice
drivers and riders from the driving task.
Learner and P1 drivers and riders who
commit a mobile phone offence will
exceed their demerit point threshold and
face a three-month licence suspension.
P2 drivers and riders who commit a
mobile phone offence will be two points
away from their threshold.
Even legal use of mobiles can be
distracting. Before using your phone,
consider if it’s important and the
demands of the traffic conditions.
1. Can I hold and use my phone when
waiting at traffic lights?
No. It’s illegal to hold and use your
phone at any time while driving or riding.
If you want to hold and use your phone,
your vehicle must be parked out of the
line of traffic.
2. What kind of cradle can I use for my
Your mobile phone must be in a
mounting that’s commercially designed
and manufactured for that purpose.
3. Can I use my mobile phone for calls
if it’s on loudspeaker and in my lap?
No. It’s illegal to have your mobile phone
touching any part of your body, other
than to pass it to a passenger.
4. Can I send a text message if my
mobile phone is secured in a cradle?
No. You can’t text at all while driving,
whether or not your phone is secured in
a mounting fixed to the vehicle.
5. Can I have my mobile phone in my
pocket if I’m using Bluetooth to make
or receive a call?
Yes, but only if you have a full
unrestricted licence (learner and
provisional drivers are not permitted to
use a mobile phone at all while driving).
You can use a mobile phone for calls if it
doesn’t require you to touch the phone
in any way (e.g . via Bluetooth). The rules
allow your mobile phone to be in a
pocket of your clothing, but it’s still
advisable to consider traffic conditions
and whether the call is important.
Driving with mobiles Q&A
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