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New FEDERAL Law Restricts Use of Cell Phones and Similar Devices in CMV’s
The US Department of Transportation. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
has issued a notice that pertains to any organization or person operating Commercial
Motor Vehicles (CMV’s). This action prohibits the use of Cellular Telephones (even
the “NexTel” PTT-type units) except under a set of very narrow circumstances. The
rule is summarized below, with links to the actual document.
Action: Final Rule Summary: FMCSA and PHMSA are amending the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to restrict
the use of hand-held mobile telephones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
This rulemaking will improve safety on the Nation’s highways by reducing the prevalence
of distracted driving-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving drivers
of CMVs. The Agencies also amend their regulations to implement new driver disqualification
sanctions for drivers of CMVs who fail to comply with this Federal restriction and
new driver disqualification sanctions for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders
who have multiple convictions for violating a State or local law or ordinance on
motor vehicle traffic control that restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones.
Additionally, motor carriers are prohibited from requiring or allowing drivers of
CMVs to use hand-held mobile telephones.