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DOT Bans Cell Phones for Commercial Drivers
Posted on 12/14/2011 by Wyn Partington | 0 Comments
FMCSA and PHMSA issued a final rule that restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones by interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers (CMV) and intrastate hazmat drivers. The rule will take effect on Jan. 2, 2012. The final rule prohibits CMV drivers from holding, dialing or reaching for a hand-held cellular phone. This includes all push-to-talk functions.
The ban does not prohibit or restrict the use of Citizen Band Radios, GPS or fleet management solutions.
Drivers will be subject to federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. Companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle face a maximum civil penalty of $11,000 per violation.
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