DOT proposes hand-held phone ban

Commercial bus drivers and truck drivers could soon face a ban on using hand-held cell phones. The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new safety regulation that would prohibit commercial drivers from using the hand-held phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rule would ban drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a CMV. Violators would face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and having their CDL disqualified for multiple offenses. States could also suspend a driver’s CDL after two or more violations after any state law on hand-held cell phone use. Motor carriers who allow drivers to use hand-held cell phones would face a penalty of $11,000. About four million interstate commercial drivers would be affected by the proposal. The FMCSA is providing 60 days for the public to comment on the new proposal. For more, visit