Melbourne taxi drivers are better educated about banned GPS jammers, following a joint ACMA and Victorian Taxi Directorate (VTD) campaign called Operation Signal.
Since 2004, it has been illegal to supply, possess (for the purpose of operation or supply) and operate a GPS jammer in Australia. The ACMA and VTD implemented Operation Signal following information received by the ACMA.
Stage one was to substantiate our intelligence and gather further information by monitoring Melbourne CBD taxi ranks for potential GPS jammer use. We achieved both of these goals.
On 14 March 2013, we joined forces with the VTD to carry out stage two of Operation Signal at Melbourne Airport. Other state and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies were also there to conduct their own enquires.
ACMA inspectors headed to the Melbourne Airport taxi holding yard armed with fact sheets and a spectrum analyser. Over the course of the afternoon, the inspectors spoke to approximately 300 drivers about GPS jammers and the legal consequences of supply, possession or operation. The information was well received, with drivers engaging in conversation and asking questions.
The operation was a success and hundreds of taxi drivers now understand that GPS jammers are prohibited devices.
A typical vehicle GPS jammer.
GPS jammers are an ACMA priority compliance area for 2012–13. When operated, GPS jammers can substantially degrade or disrupt critical military and civilian applications by blocking radiocommunications signals used for the radionavigation-satellite service.
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