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Cell Phone Ban Rules and Fines

Can a driver of a commercial motor vehicle use a hand-held phone or text while driving? NO!

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration rule restricts the use of all hand-held mobile devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This rulemaking restricts a CMV driver from holding a mobile device to make a call, or dialing by pressing more than a single button. It also restricts texting — manually entering text into, or reading text from — an electronic device. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity.

Fines and Penalties
–    Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving a CMV can result in driver disqualification. Penalties can be up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a hand-held communications device while driving.
–    Texting while driving can result in driver disqualification. Penalties can be up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a hand-held communications device for texting while driving.

Recent research commissioned by FMCSA shows that the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) is 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who engage in texting while driving than for those who do not. This rulemaking increases safety on the Nation's highways by reducing the prevalence of or preventing certain truck- and bus-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries associated with distracted driving.

More information can be found in these Fact Sheets:
–    Mobile Phone Restrictions (PDF)
–    No Texting Rule (PDF)
–    FAQ: CMV Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Ban (PDF)