Well, it’s official. Effective January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and others implemented a rule banning the use of cell phones while driving for all commercial truck drivers.
Violations can be severe – up to $2,750 fine for each offense and possible commercial license suspension for multiple violations. It’s not just the drivers either – companies that allow their drivers to use cell phones while driving could be hit with fines up to $11,000.
While this restriction will undoubtedly affect many carriers, Freight Tec strongly supports the FMCSA in this decision with the ultimate objective in keeping our public roads safer.