REGINA - Saskatchewan drivers will have to keep their hands on the wheel and off their cellphones in the new year.

The government has passed legislation banning drivers from using hand-held cellphones starting Jan. 1.

The new prohibits drivers from talking, texting, emailing or surfing the Internet, although experienced motorists will be allowed to use hands-free devices.

New drivers won't be able to use cellphones of any type while behind the wheel.

The penalty will be a $280 fine and four demerit points.

The government has also passed legislation to introduce a one-part driver's licence in January 2011.