Can truck drivers use hand-held cell phones when driving?
No, as of January 2012 all commercial drivers are prohibited from using phones not equipped with a hands-free device. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration amended passed “Final Rule: Drivers of CMVs: Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones”, prohibiting truck drivers from:
Drivers who violate the rule can face a federal fine of up to $2,750 and have their commercial driver license revoked after multiple offenses.
- holding a cell phone to conduct a voice communication
- dialing a cell phone by pressing more than a single button
- reaching for a cell phone in an unacceptable and unsafe manner