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FMCSA Issues Final RUle Restricting Cell Phone Use By Commercial Drivers

Federal CMV Cell Phone Law, Nevada Trucking Lawyers, Mills & Associates, Nevada Trial Lawyer, Nevada Court System, Nevada Motor Transport Association, Nevada Appellate Lawyer 702-240-6060As a part of the U.S.DOT’s ongoing efforts to stop distracted driving, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule  that restricts the use of hand-held mobile devices by the drivers of commercial motor vehicles.  As of January 3, 2012, drivers caught using cell phones or other mobile devices while behind the wheel will be subject to a fine of up to $2,750 or even disqualification as a CMV driver (see 49 CFR 391.15 et. seq.).  Employers are also on the line for up to $11,000 (see 49 CFR §386.81).  Although most states already have hands-free laws, and most motor carriers have company policies restricting a driver’s cell phone use, they’re too-often ignored.

The FMCSA states that this rule will improve safety on U.S. highways.  Reducing distracted driving will reduce the number of commercial motor vehicle accidents and injuries.  For answers to many commonly-asked questions about this ban, see the FMCSA’s FAQs page which discusses some of the specific aspects of the rule.