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Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Calaber, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. Calaber

    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    Opinions regarding licenses now being available on mobile phones?

    My view is its a contradiction. We get hounded daily about not using phones while driving so now the powers that be introduce this idea. Can anyone else see the contradiction, and the risks, involved in this idea or is it just me? What chance someone will handle their phone before being told to do so by police and scoring a fine? And just what is wrong with carrying a plastic license as we have done for years?
     
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    I heard about this in NSW it's been in SA for over a year apprantely. it's meant to be used as a addition to your wallet. but you will still need to keep you plastic licence. but it will be safer if you go out to town to have your licence and bank card on your phone.
     
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    Some people have probably already taken the initiative and taken a picture of their licence and keep it on their phone anyway ...
     
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    I'd find it a PITA. They have introduced this with race licenses. I had to pay an extra 10 bucks just so I could have a plastic one.
     
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    Doh …. didn't think of this before.
    Went off this morning without my wallet/drivers license, and after I discovered that, I was worried about being RBT'd, or being involved in a bingle, as I have been fined in past for not carrying my license, even though the cops had verified it on their car computer.
    I wonder if the cops would accept a phone photo of license in that situation. ?
     
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    It would have been cheaper to print it out and laminate it.
     
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    One could appeal to their good nature that in good faith is carrying their licence in a digital form (and offer to produce the physical version to their local police station asap for confirmation if required).
     
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    Yep but the stupid thing is I never even thought of doing that..... Could have done it at work for nothing and used our fancy printer.
     
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    I seem to always have my phone when driving so I have downloaded it on the app, think it’s a good backup if I don’t have my wallet on me
     
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    What is the fine for not being able to produce your license when stopped by police in Australia , in New Zealand it’s $200 , and $400 for driving unlicensed but can be up to $1000 in court costs if it goes that far
     
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    Does that mean if we have our drivers licence on our phones and we get pulled over holding our phones we can say "no officer I was just holding my licence"?
     
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    Good nature was not one of the attributes of the particular NSW law enforcement officer that day. I wasn't doing anything wrong, just in the RBT queue.

    I don't remember, but it was a bit shy of $100, maybe more now in these days of cash strapped state gubbermints.

    EDIT...… $110 currently, I think.
     
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    You can say whatever you like.....officer will do as officer does.
     
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    Which is why I have no intention of having the license on my phone.
     
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    i already had the service nsw app which contains all your vehicle and licence details anyway so just adding a photo and a 4 pin password but i found if you logout than you have to login by entering you full user name and password
    handy if you drive different vehicles and i don t know how many times i miss place my wallet
     
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    They likely would not accept it but they likely would just give you a warning because you tried to do the right thing. But using the government app they have no choice but to accept it.

    Also you would want to get permission to use your phone roadside if your engine is active.
     
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    I don’t have any apps at all on my phone, everything else is turned off, no updates and other stuff to confuse/irritate me.

    If I load this app, will Service NSW know …..
    what I have on my calendar, and what I am supposed to be doing, if I have any tit-pics, little boys or similar in my gallery, where I am at any time,
    who I have phoned/messaged …….... if they so chose to intrude.

    And people are worried about their privacy, but willingly share all sorts of personal stuff on apps and sites !!!!!!!
     
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    I've been pulled up in S.A without my licence on me and all the police did was check my details up on their in car computer and sent me on my merry way....This was about 12 months ago
     

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