Talking On The Phone While Driving Is No Longer A Crime But Under One Condition Says Nitin Gadkari

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Manisha Swain

New Delhi, 12th February 2022: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that talking on the phone while driving will no longer be a crime in the country. New rules have been made, in which talking on the phone while driving has been kept out of the category of crime.

However, this does not mean that one can talk on the phone while driving. One can talk on the phone only if they follow many other rules.

In a statement given in the Lok Sabha, Gadkari said that some rules have to be followed for talking on the phone in a car.

According to the statement, talking on the phone will be allowed in the vehicle only if the mobile phone is fitted hands-free. This means that if one talks hands-free, then the challan will not be issued for it. To talk hands-free, it is necessary to have the phone in the pocket.

Gadkari said, “If the driver talks on the phone through hands-free, then it will no longer be considered a punishable offence. In this situation, the traffic police will not issue a challan. If it does, it can be challenged in court.”