A proposal to ban motorists holding mobile phones while driving from April 1 is likely to be deferred, it emerged last night. The move came after a legislator said there was a deliberate loophole in the law which could cause danger to road users. James To Kun-sun of the Democratic Party said motorists would be legally able to dial mobile phones while driving, provided they were not holding them. For example, the phones could be placed in a holder near the steering wheel. The proposed regulation says motorists cannot use mobile phones placed between their shoulders and heads when driving; and cannot hold mobile phones when driving. It will take effect on April 1 if legislators do not seek to repeal or amend it before March 29. Mr To told yesterday's Legco House Committee meeting that clarifications were needed on what the Government meant by 'holding' and 'driving'. Members agreed a subcommittee should be set up to examine the matter. Mr To challenged a transport official's presumption that the public would not seek to dial the phones 'without holding them', warning that it would result in more accidents. 'Even if 10 per cent of people would do so, it's too dangerous,' Mr To said. Drivers could use their phones to access the Internet, he said. He said that it appeared the Government believed it would be too harsh to ban people from dialling or keying the phones while driving. One possible solution would be for drivers to use voice-activated phones, Mr To added.