What do I need to know about visual display units?
Devices like DVD players and tablets are considered visual display units. You must not drive with a visual display unit operating if any part of the screen is visible to you and likely to distract you or another driver. You can only use a visual display unit if the vehicle is legally parked, or off the road.
GPS devices and rear-view camera screens are visual displays that are considered to be a driver’s aid and can therefore be used when driving.
We suggest reading rule 299 of the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017 for more information.
Where should I put my GPS?
The rules require you to have a clear view of the road and traffic around you. This means your GPS should be secured out of the central area of the windscreen, so it doesn’t block your vision. In most vehicles, this would be to the right of the steering wheel at the base of the windscreen or on the dash.
It must be a part of the vehicle or secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle. Motorcyclists don’t have to secure their visual display unit, however, you must not hold the unit in your hands (it can be used via Bluetooth).