The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule on handheld cell phone use for interstate commercial truck and bus drivers, and it includes some significant fines for noncompliance.
The final rule prohibits commercial drivers in interstate operation from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver's commercial driver's license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000. Refer to the complete news release for additional information.
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