Driving and mobile phone use in Ireland
It is now illegal to use a mobile phone while driving
in Ireland, unless it is a loudspeaking handsfree device. Motorists
who use hand-held mobile phones face an EUR 435 fine, three months' jail and
a six-month driving ban. The ban also applies to truck and other heavy
Not permitted while driving
- Portable hands free kits (i.e. earpiece connected
by wire to handheld phone). The position of wireless Bluetooth
headsets is unclear.
- Having a phone switched on in your pocket.
- Use of other radio devices - eg CB, other 2 way
radio systems, etc.
- Passenger use of phones.
- Handheld phones switched on in the glove
compartment or on a passenger seat - however if you use the phone before
parking safely you are committing an offense.
If you are driving alone, decide your call handling
strategy before setting off. The options include
- Diverting all calls to voicemail and dealing with
them when you park during a break in the journey or when you arrive at
- Divert on no answer* to voicemail - allowing you
say 30 seconds to pull over and if necessary return the call using the
missed caller CLI.
- Switch off divert on no answer and let the phone
ring until you have time to park the car. Again if the caller hangs up
before you get a chance to answer you can always call them back from their
- Get a proper car telephone or car kit fitted to
*Note that divert on no answer does not work if you
are roaming AND your home network has not provided you with your own
exclusive voicemail number. On some foreign networks all subscribers
share a common voicemail box number which is useless to the roamed in
network for routing purposes. If you find yourself in this situation
consider using option 1 or change your network.
(Note the above is provided for information purposes
only and should not be construed as legal advice).