Listening to music while driving is a favorite habit of drivers and certainly the most popular once they get in the car.
What we didn't know, however, is that depending on the way and medium we will listen to our favorite playlist, the Road Traffic Code can impose a fine on us.
The reason for choosing headphones, which is prohibited for listening to music, even if they are wireless. These should be used exclusively for the driver's conversation with another person and nothing more.
The headset should only be used for telephone conversation
This is because the driver who wears headphones and listens to music is completely isolated from his environment and is unable to receive the sound signals emitted by the rest of the road users. For example, the driver may not be able to hear a horn, the passing of an ambulance, or even the noise produced by a motorcycle approaching an intersection.
Indicative of the prohibition is paragraph 2 of Article 13 (“Drivers”) where the following is written: “(s.b. The driver) is prohibited from using headphones connected to portable radios, tape recorders and other similar audio devices while driving, as and television”.
Whoever violates the provisions of the above paragraph is punished with an administrative fine of one hundred and 100 euros and on-the-spot removal of the driver's license and traffic information for 30 days, as reported by carandmotor.gr.
What about two-wheelers?
Finally, it is worth noting that the use of headphones connected to portable radios, tape recorders and other similar audio devices while on the move is also prohibited for drivers of bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheeled vehicles and E.P.H.O.s, such as electric skates (paragraph f of paragraph 1 in Article 40 of the Code of Conduct).
The administrative fine amounts to 150 euros and is “accompanied” by the removal of the driver's license on the spot for 60 days. In E.P.H.O. (Light Personal Electric Vehicles) only the fine applies as they do not require a driving licence.