New Zealand Says You Can't Use Your Mobile Phone For Navigation While Driving

from the because-that-would-upset-the-GPS-device-makers dept

Brendan was the first of a few to submit the story that New Zealand is telling people that they can't use their mobile phones for navigation purposes, even if that phone is mounted on the dashboard like a regular GPS navigation device. Regular GPS devices are fine... but a mobile phone acting just like one of those devices? That's illegal. Why? No one seems to be saying, but you can bet the standalone GPS makers are happy about this... Update: Well, that was fast. Given public backlash, the gov't has already decided to back down and rewrite the laws to allow mobile phone navigation systems.


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    Misanthropist (profile), Sep 29th, 2009 @ 5:47pm

    huh

    Gee, I wonder what lobbying group paid for this legislation.

     

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    slackr (profile), Sep 29th, 2009 @ 6:22pm

    Update

    This was initially the case but the Government have realised the error of their ways. 3news.co.nz

     

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    slackr (profile), Sep 29th, 2009 @ 6:23pm

    Re: Update

    actually there's an update link in the original article now too.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Sep 29th, 2009 @ 6:39pm

    Re: Update

    Aha! Updated the post. Thanks!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 29th, 2009 @ 6:51pm

    It's funny to see how in the US they would have never retracted the law. Nice to see a govt that actually listens to its people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 29th, 2009 @ 7:18pm

    Re: Re: Update

    I'd say that the update would be worthy of it's own post.

    Sad as it may be, it's quite impressive when legislators can promptly respond to public outcry and fix unintended side effects of legislation.

     

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    zcat (profile), Sep 29th, 2009 @ 7:58pm

    Re:

    You wish.

    We had a referendum recently, following up on a fairly controversial change of law under the previous government. 54% of the electoral roll voted, 87.6% of those voted NO.

    You think they listened?

    http://www.voteno.org.nz/polls.htm

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 29th, 2009 @ 8:18pm

    The Stupid Thing Is...

    ...there is already a law against driving “without due care and attention”, which you would think would be ample to catch those misusing mobile phones, make-up compacts, cheese graters, lion-taming kits, or indeed any past, present or future technological item that could reasonably cause a distraction. Yet the Government had to go out of its way to pass a new law specifically addressing mobile phones. Thereby catching some unintended fish in its net, which it then has to go back and release by adding yet another complication on top of the unnecessary complication it already introduced.

     

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    Oh noes, Sep 29th, 2009 @ 9:01pm

    Oh noes

    Look! An apostrophe! Let's lose our minds and fall over backwards, frothing at the mouth!


    It's 2009.


    Learn to deal with apostrophes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 12:05am

    Re: Oh noes

    What the hell are you talking about?

     

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    ChadBroChill (profile), Sep 30th, 2009 @ 1:21am

    Re: Oh noes

    Que? Are you crazy or just on the wrong site?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 3:55am

    Re: Oh noes

    Let's lose our minds and fall over backwards, frothing at the mouth!

    What are you doing, giving a demonstration?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 3:59am

    Texting too...

    They should update the law to allow texting and emailing while driving too. Sometimes you need to get directions while driving and not everyone has GPS.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Sep 30th, 2009 @ 6:46am

    Re: The Stupid Thing Is...

    That is the same problem I have with them passing "no talking on cell phone while driving" laws here in the US (or anywhere really). There are already laws for reckless endangerment and failure to illustrate due care and stuff like that. So why do we need laws banning tiny little things here and there. Some people drive just fine talking on a cell phone. Others do not. For those who do not there are already laws to ticket them.
    I guess it is just the politicians trying to justify their existence. If only we had actual public servants instead of politicians we would be a lot better off.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2009 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re: The Stupid Thing Is...

    That is the same problem I have with them passing "no talking on cell phone while driving" laws here in the US (or anywhere really). There are already laws for reckless endangerment and failure to illustrate due care and stuff like that. So why do we need laws banning tiny little things here and there. Some people drive just fine talking on a cell phone. Others do not. For those who do not there are already laws to ticket them.

    Amen. The same thing applies to those stupid drinking and driving laws too. Some people can drink and drive just fine, others cannot. For those who cannot there are other laws that can be applied.

    I guess it is just the politicians trying to justify their existence. If only we had actual public servants instead of politicians we would be a lot better off.

    It's the feminization of society and the resultant pandering by politicians to groups like MADD.

     

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    leo, Oct 1st, 2009 @ 4:06am

    what a stupid legislation system.

     

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