TEXTING BANNED IN COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLESSeptember 23, 2013
TEXTING BANNED IN COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES – According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), texting has been formally banned while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The FMCSA says that CMV drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or lane deviation.
The new rule expands on a former rule and bans the following (not an all-inclusive list):
· SMS text messages between cell phones or other devices
· Creating, sending, or reading e-mails
· Browsing the internet by use of a mobile or other device
· Pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a call on a cell phone
· Engaging in any other form of electronic text entry or retrieval during present or future communication
The FMCSA says the penalties for violation of the rule can be up to $2,750 for drivers, and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require their employee drivers to use a mobile device to text while driving. If there are multiple convictions for violation of the rule, the driver may be disqualified and it may have a negative impact on the company’s Safety Measurement System Results.