New laws could al­low ‘phone park­ing’

The Herald Magazine - - DRIVE -

RULES on us­ing mo­bile phones while be­hind the wheel may be changed un­der pro­pos­als to make re­mote-con­trol park­ing tech­nol­ogy le­gal. The Govern­ment wants to make changes to the High­way Code that would al­low re­mote-con­trol park­ing, say­ing it will pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tages for mo­torists with mo­bil­ity prob­lems.

Some ve­hi­cles can park them­selves at slow speeds with the driver ei­ther in­side or near the ve­hi­cle us­ing a but­ton on the key fob.

How­ever, be­cause other re­mote park­ing de­vices are ac­cessed through smart­phone apps, the law will need to be al­tered to al­low the use of de­vices be­hind the wheel.

The govern­ment is propos­ing use of a mo­bile while at the wheel be le­git­imised if it is be­ing used for a re­mote-con­trolled park­ing func­tion, and that the de­vice only lets the car move if it is con­tin­u­ally ac­ti­vated by the driver, the sig­nal be­tween driver and ve­hi­cle is main­tained and the dis­tance be­tween ve­hi­cle and de­vice is no more than six me­tres.

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