I know we have quite a few CDL drivers here that could be affected by this new regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCAS has imposed a cell phone ban for Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers. The new regulation will apply for
the following drivers:
• All Interstate CMV drivers (drivers that cross state lines)
• All CMV drivers that carry a placarded amount of Hazardous Materials
If a driver is caught using a cell phone while operating a CMV, he can face
federal penalties up to $2,750. It is also considered a “serious traffic violation” and could
result in a disqualification for 60 days. Additionally, company fines could reach $11,000
The new rule prohibits drivers from…
• Using at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to conduct voice communication.
• Dialing or answering a mobile phone by pressing more than a single button
• Reaching for a mobile phone in a manner that requires the driver to maneuver so that he is no longer seated, belted, driving position.
It will only be a matter of time before they ban cell phone usage for all CMV drivers.