A recent case in the Mudgee Local Court has confirmed that it is a breach of the road rules to use a mobile phone whilst riding a horse. A local man was stopped by police because he was riding the horse with a phone held to his ear. The Magistrate made clear that a horse is classified as a vehicle under the road rules and therefore a mobile phone cannot be used unless a hands-free device is attached to the horse. The rider plead guilty and the magistrate did not record a criminal conviction, noting that it is a quiet rural area and labelling the matter as trivial. Regardless, it is an important reminder for all riders to ensure that they comply with the road rules.
Court Finds Phone Use Whilst Horse Riding Unlawful
Mar 23, 2020