Drivers who make or receive telephone calls while driving could encounter a six-month jail term, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps. Regardless of what wireless gadget they use (AirPods or earpieces), such drivers risk penalties.
Bisi Kazeem, FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, disclosed this to Punch. As Kazeem pointed out, driving requires total concentration, and road users should not take any chances with their lives. As per the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, it is illegal to make or receive calls while driving.
“It is illegal. Driving entails 100 per cent concentration so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation. It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone call using EarPods earphone or whatever means. It is also clear that phone call is not restricted to telephone conversation between two or more people. Anything that will distract you while driving must be avoided. When we do public enlightenment, we even discourage drivers talking to passengers which could cause distraction. The law may not make it an offence but at the same time, it can distract you, even changing your cassette (while driving) can distract you and result to accident.”he said