Friday, April 24, 2009

Amateur Radio without Hand-Free

Hello again to all amateur radio in Malaysia.

Over past few eons we continue to hear conversations and arguments whether it is illegal to use our portable or mobile unit while driving. Well, one good soul, no not me, finally look up the relevant law. Below is extract of Road Traffic Rule 1959 regarding the subject (amended in 1996). Also note that Rules 17D, which talks about exemption, did not list any with respect to this topic. BTW, here's what ARRL (USA) has to say on the topic (January 2009)... PDF File

Rule 17A. Prohibition on the use of hand held telephone.


(1) No driver, whist driving a motor vehicle on a road, shall use, or attempt to use, a hand-held telephone or any other communication equipment unless it is used through a hand-free kit.

(2) Any person who contravenes subrule(1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding two thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

[Ins. P.U.(A) 378/1996]

1 comment:

anonymous said...

How nice the rules from ARRL...