Will the New FMCSA Ban on Handheld Devices for Truckers Reduce Truck Accidents?

June 30, 2014

Truckers and other commercial drivers are now banned from using handheld cellphones and other mobile devices as they drive. This ban, which was officially put in place at the end of March 2014, was initiated by regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to try to get truckers to stay focused on the road and, in the bigger picture, to try to reduce the incidence of distracted driving-related truck accidents.

The New Rules: Truckers Must Put Down Their Devices, FMCSA Orders

While a recent FMCSA ban on handheld devices for truckers is intended to reduce truck accidents, it remains to be seen whether it will be effective in doing so.

While a recent FMCSA ban on handheld devices for truckers is intended to reduce truck accidents, it remains to be seen whether it will be effective in doing so.

According to this FMCSA ban on handheld devices for truckers, all commercial drivers can no longer:

  • Hold mobile devices while driving
  • Push more than one button to communicate with others (whether this communication is via a phone call, text, email, or other messaging system)
  • Move from their seats or unlatch their seatbelts to try to get any mobile device
  • Use anything other than voice-activated or one-touch systems to communicate with others.

This new FMCSA ban essentially prohibits the use of handheld cellphones for truckers at the federal level, affirming many already-existing bans on the use of handheld devices among truckers in many states.

Violating the FMCSA Ban Can Be Costly for Truckers, Trucking Companies

The FMCSA is serious about enforcing this new ban on handheld devices for truckers and has set the penalties for violating this ban to be very high in order to invoke compliance. In fact, while truckers who violate this FMCSA ban can face fines that are as much as $2,750, the companies that employ these drivers can face fines that are up to $11,000.

The penalties for violating the FMCSA ban get far harsher for multiple violations, as truckers could lose their commercial drivers’ licenses (possibly even permanently) while trucking companies can see their safety records severely impacted if multiple violations occur.

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