A Sydney woman has been left outraged after she received a $337 fine because her passenger was using their phone.
Sheree posted a photo of the fine online, claiming that she had no idea she was breaking the law. The post, which was uploaded in June, has since gone viral, attracting over 32,000 shares and 2,800 comments.
“Tell your passengers to stay off their phones while you are driving, I got fined because my passenger was on FaceTime,” she wrote.
She added, “Honestly didn’t know that was a thing”.
The offence – listed as ‘Drive vehicle with TV/VDU image likely to distract’ – turns out to be a legitimate law in New South Wales.
‘Drive vehicle with TV/VDU image visible to driver’ is listed as an offence under the Roads and Maritime Services’ general driving offences section. ‘Drive vehicle with TV/VDU image likely to distract another driver,’ is also listed. Both offences carry the same fine amount, although only the first includes a loss of three demerit points.
NSW Police confirm that a driver should not be able to see “any part of the image on the screen” from a television or visual display unit while the car is moving.
Last year, a man received the same fine as Sheree after his passenger was spotted using a laptop.