Cell Phone Not Tied Down?

So we're driving over in Vancouver this morning, heading to an appointment, and I've got my phone on Google Maps because that always routes you best in real time. I have it propped against the dash pod in front of the tach. Out of line of sight, but as easy to glance at for the next turn as checking the mirror or the speedometer.

Stopped in rush hour traffic in the middle lane on Georgia at a light. Then there's a VPD cop comes up on a bicycle, and he's tapping on the right passenger window. When I open it, he tells me I can't have that unsecured GPS device in front of me. I asked him if this was a bylaw, and he didn't answer. But, he told me to take it off the dash - I refused, and said no something way I'm touching that thing in front of a police officer, it would be illegal to do so, and then asked my passenger to remove it so this guy would go away.

So maybe this is no big deal, but it's bugging me, I feel certain that cop was in the wrong.  I'm trying to think how to respond to this situation, because I think that young man was out of line, quite frankly. I'm certain there's nothing in the MVA that specifies that your device has to be properly secured - otherwise there would be rules for proper securement - and I also don't think that the officer's instruction to me to move the phone was allowable, because that would be an offence under the MVA, in the circumstances.

Nope, cop fully correct.

Consider yourself lucky for not gettign a ticket. $368 ticket + $175 ICBC bill on your birthday.

http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/loo93/loo93/308_2009

Installation of electronic devices

4  (1) Subject to sections 7 (1) (a) and 8 (3), an electronic device listed in subsection (2) must be installed
(a) so that it is securely fixed to the motor vehicle, and
(b) in a manner that does not obstruct the driver's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.
(2) The following electronic devices are listed for the purposes of subsection (1):
(a) global positioning systems;
(b) electronic devices that include a hands-free telephone function;
(c) televisions.

Global positioning system

8  (1) Subject to subsection (3), a person may use a global positioning system for navigation purposes while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway, if the system is
(a) installed in accordance with section 4 if subsection (3) of this section does not apply, and
(b) operated in accordance with this section.
(2) A person may use a global positioning system while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway, if the system
(a) is programmed before the person begins to drive or operate the motor vehicle, or
(b) can be programmed in a voice-activated manner.
(3) If a global positioning system is a hand-held type, a person may use the system while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway if, in addition to the requirements of subsection (2), the system
(a) is not held in the person's hand, and
(b) is securely fixed to the motor vehicle in a manner that does not obstruct the person's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.<.p>

That is kind of the reason why that driver who got so publicly caught with phone & tablet zip-tied to his steering wheel did not actually get a distracted driving ticket - he wasn't breaking the law - haha:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/iphone-tablet-steering-wh...

Thank You

Saved me a bit of explanation!

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