The transport ministry has banned drivers in the Maldives from using phones or other electronic devices while driving.
The restriction was enforced with the publication of the General Regulation on Land Transport on Monday.
The use of mobile phones and other communication devices while driving a vehicle is forbidden under Article 13 of the rule. The new regulation also forbids drivers from wearing a headphone or conversing on the phone with the assistance of a passenger.
For the first offence, drivers who violate the regulation face an MVR 500 fine and a reprimand. Second-time infractions are penalised by an MVR 750 fine and a 48-hour licence suspension.
In addition, repeat offenders face an MVR 1,000 fine and their vehicle will be towed for 15 days.