Using Bluetooth while driving: Kerala HC seeks explanation from govt
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday sought an explanation from the state government over its decision to make the use Bluetooth for communication while driving an offence.
The court was considering a petition filed by Jiyas Jamal, a resident of Kalamassery. However, the court refused to annul the state government's decision and deliver an interim order.
By considering the section 184-C of the Motor Vehicles Act, the motor vehicle department and police decided to take action against using Bluetooth for communication while driving. However, the petitioner argues that hands-free devices would not come under the ambit of this rule.
“Section 184-C enables police to fine offenders and repetition of the offence may lead to termination of driving license. However, the rule bans the use of only ‘hand-held’ devices; not ‘hands-free’. The state government’s move to punish public for using Bluetooth while driving does not have a legal backing,” said Adv. Firoz Deshikan, who pleaded for the petitioner.
He urged the government to formulate a new law prohibiting the use of Bluetooth devices while driving.
“The stereo in vehicles also diverts attention of drivers. There is no issue for registering a vehicle with Bluetooth connectivity. However, it becomes a crime, when a common man uses it after purchasing a vehicle. This also has to be brought under the notice of the court,” he added.
The High Court will consider the case on August 9.