The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has urged legislators not to ban hands-free mobile use while driving.
According to AMTA's chief executive officer Chris Althaus, putting a ban in place on hands-free kits would encourage drivers to use their mobiles surreptitiously, which could actually put more lives at risk.
Speaking to ABC News, Mr Althaus said: “People will seek to do it without being detected, whereas there's an enormous amount of research around the world that says using a phone hands-free, responsibly, is not as dangerous.”
He claimed that a good hands-free kit makes talking on a mobile like talking to a person in the passenger seat. The distraction is minimised because phone users don't have to take their eyes off the road.
“That's the key element,” Mr Althaus concluded.
AMTA has urged motorists not to misuse their mobile phone handsets behind the wheel on numerous occasions.
It has even teamed up with the Australasian College of Road Safety in the past to promote driving best practice.