Mobile Phone Restrictions for Commercial Motor Vehicles
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) division of the U.S. Department of Transportation was established in 2000. Their “mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.” They do this by regulating:
- 521,000 interstate freight motor carriers
- 13,000 passenger carriers
- 17,000 interstate-only hazardous materials carriers
- 4 million active commercial driver license holders
Under the FMCSA rules, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are restricted from holding a mobile device to make a call, dial by pressing more than one button, or reach for their mobile device that puts the driver in an unsafe position. Failing to comply with these guidelines can result in fines “up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers.”
Drivers can maintain compliance by:
- Keeping their mobile device within reach
- Use the speakerphone function
- Use voice commands
- Use the hands-free feature
To learn more about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, please visit their website.
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