Using a handsfree or bluetooth device will however be allowed. The ban would also bring Sweden in line with other EU countries, many of which already have band on using mobile phones while driving.
Anyone caught using their mobile while driving would face a police fine.
But Industry Minister Åsa Torstensson is unimpressed, her press secretary saying that research shows that it is the call in itself that distracts the driver, not whether you are holding the phone or not. The press secretary adds that changing a CD or the radio channel or having children in the car could be just as distracting, but you can’t ban them.