Can I use my watch when drivingNew South Wales
There are no rules that specifically address smartwatches in NSW, however, trouble begins once a driver begins using the watch’s mobile phone functions.
Transport for NSW says unless motorists are parked, texting, video calling, emailing and social media on the smartwatch can result in the same penalty as using a phone - a $362 fine and five demerit points.Victoria
In Victoria, drivers are urged to avoid using smartwatches while behind the wheel.
“When a Smartwatch is worn by a driver it should not be used while driving for making or receiving phone calls, navigation, music, text or video messaging, email or social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter),” Vic Roads says.
“Text or video messaging, email, social media use or similar communications should not be undertaken regardless of whether the Smartwatch is worn by the driver or not.”
These functions carry the same penalty as using mobile phones while driving and can result in an on-the-spot fine of $484 and four demerit points.
However, the device can be used by fully licensed drivers provided it is not worn, and is used as a driver’s aid (such as a navigation device), music player or mobile phone to make or receive calls.
“Smartwatches can also be used if the driver does not touch anything on the Smartwatch (for example, making and receiving calls needs to be hands-free via Bluetooth or similar means), and that it is secured in a commercially designed mounting affixed to the vehicle (this may be unavailable),” Vic Roads says.Queensland
While Queensland does not have smartwatch specific rules, motorists can be penalised for distracted driving if caught using their watches while driving.
According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, police can fine motorists for driving without due care and attention if caught using their smartwatches while driving.
This carries a penalty of $1078 and four demerit points.Western Australia
West Australian drivers can use their smartwatch for navigation, but only if they are not wearing it and mount the device.
WA Police deem smartwatches as a “visual display unit”, meaning being caught using the device - unless it is mount fixed to the vehicle - could end in a $300 fine and three demerit points.
Using a smart watch to operate the functions of a mobile phone also falls under “using” a mobile phone in WA and could result in a $1000 fine and four demerit points. South Australia
South Australian road rules also include smartwatches and other “wearable computers” as visual display units, which are illegal to use if the screen is visible to the driver unless the vehicle is parked.Northern Territory
In the Northern Territory, drivers can only use their smartwatches - which are classified as visual display units - as a drivers aid or to make a receive a call if it is mount fixed to the vehicle or can be operated without the driver touching it.
Otherwise, motorists can cop a penalty of $500.Tasmania
Using a smartwatch while driving falls under “driving without due care and attention” in Tasmania, which carries a $173 fine and three demerit points.ACT
In the ACT, a smartwatch is considered a mobile device, meaning it can only be used as a navigation tool, to play music or make or receive calls if the driver does not touch the device and it is mounted.
Those caught using it to send messages, social network or access apps or the internet can be slugged with a $598 fine and four demerit points.
Using mobile devices to make phone calls can end in a $487 fine and three demerit points.