Truckers Banned from Using Handheld Devices, New FMCSA Rule States
June 10, 2014
While some states have already enacted bans that prohibit truck drivers from using cellphones when driving, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently made such bans part of the federal regulations for truckers. As of the end of March 2014, the new FMCSA rule no longer allows commercial truck drivers to use handheld cellphones – or any handheld mobile device – to make phone calls, text, check emails or access the Internet while they are driving.
This new FMCSA rule banning handheld devices for truckers is meant to bolster ongoing efforts to limit truck drivers’ distractions and, hopefully, reduce the number of truck accidents that occur in the U.S. each year.
Specifics of the FMCSA Ban
According to the new FMCSA ban on the use of handheld devices for truckers, truck drivers are specifically prohibited from:
- Holding any mobile device while driving
- Pushing more than one button to make or end phone calls, type text messages or emails or otherwise communicate via a mobile device
- Moving from their seats or unbuckling their seatbelts to try to reach for mobile devices.
With this new rule in place, truck drivers are only allowed to make and receive phone calls using one-touch systems (i.e., systems that require them to only push one button) and voice-activated systems. The bottom line with this new rule is that truck drivers can’t hold mobile devices and they must keep as much of their focus as possible on the task of driving.
Penalties for Violating the New FMCSA Rule
Violating this ban can result in truck drivers being fined as much as $2,750 per violation. If truckers are found to have more than one violation of this FMCSA ban on handheld mobile devices, they could face suspensions – or even the revocation – of their commercial drivers’ licenses.
Additionally, the employers of these truckers can also face some serious penalties if their drivers violate this FMCSA ban. While an initial violation can result in fines of up to $11,000 for a trucking company, multiple violations can lead to the harshest possible impacts being brought upon the motor carrier’s safety record.
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