pwa wrote:BAN HANDS FREE CALLS IN THE CAR. What a strident headline, one that many of us will welcome. I personally have never been in any doubt that all phone calls while driving are a really bad idea, whether or not hands are involved. Now a committee of MPs has come to the same conclusion. Better late than never, I suppose. And that strident headline dominates the front page of The Daily Mail. Yes, the Daily Mail. See it on the BBC News site. I have heard it said the DM is not what it once was and this seems to add further evidence of that.
I would agree but there are big technical and other issues about such a law.
For example, I always use my phone whilst driving - it connects through Bluetooth to my car radio and streams music (i.e. as a music player) and the car radio controls the iPhone (next track, previous track, pause, volume, etc.). But to do that it always also connects as a hands free device so if I got a call (which in practice never happens) it automatically goes hands-free through the car radio. To use the phone for streaming music (which is reasonable) you cannot disable the handsfree.
Also, given how there is no enforcement for the current law, I suspect it would be impossible to enforce any laws against hands free use. Only way I culd see anybody actually getting caught would be after a serious accident where the Police look at the phone records and find a call in progress when the accident occurred (provided they have the exact time of the accident, etc.).
But, what if you have a passenger in the car - who is to say that it was not the passenger talking on the hands free.
I agree about how even hands free likely distracts the driver's attention but I can't see this proposed law helping much.