The Kerala Motor Vehicle Department is keeping pace with this trend. From now on, talking on the phone using Bluetooth technology while driving will work. The traffic police are preparing to step up action based on the increase in accident rates in the state.
Until now, the case was registered only if the phone was talking to the ear while driving. But the police have made it clear that there will be no more Bluetooth conversations. From now on, the police will take steps to revoke the license.
Kerala is the first state in the country to take such action. Not only Bluetooth, but any kind of hands-free devices should not be used while driving. The new decision points out that talking on the phone with the speaker in the vehicle can also lead to accidents.
If you notice the driver talking on the phone while driving, the police can check. There is also a move to check call history if the driver refuses.
Even so, the police can formally impose fines and take action, but in real life it can be very difficult to enforce.
Almost all modern cars have Bluetooth infotainment systems as a standard feature so it is very difficult to find someone talking on the phone while driving.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has asked that Bluetooth devices not be used to talk on the phone while driving because the tests are not practical in the Kovid situation.
Although there is a provision in the Motor Vehicle Act against this, the department did not implement it citing practical difficulties. With more concessions being made on lockdowns, people have started flocking out of their homes.
The number of accidents that occur in Kerala is also increasing. That is why the law, which was notified in 2019, is now being implemented by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Speaking on Bluetooth devices, even the Kerala High Court has ruled in favor of this, citing Central Motor Vehicle Rule 21 (25) of the MV Act 2019.
Earlier, the court had ruled that the police could not file a case against a person for talking on the phone while driving. Therefore, the police use Section 118 (E) of the Act for such activities.