Cell Phone Ban for Commercial Vehicle Drivers

• Jan 9, 2012 • Recovery Industry NewsComments Off on Cell Phone Ban for Commercial Vehicle Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new ban on handheld cell phones for commercial drivers went into effect yesterday for all interstate travel, extending to holding, dialing and reaching for cell phones while driving. Hands-free devices will still be allowed. Violators face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and the loss of their commercial driver’s license for multiple offenses. Trucking and bus companies that allow their drivers to use handheld cell phones could pay as much as $11,000 in fines.

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