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New FAQ on cell phone ban posted by FMCSA

Posted by J.P, Trucking, Inc on February 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated its list of Cell Phone Ban Frequently Asked Questions appearing on its website. The following is the revised response to questions regarding push-to-talk devices.

“Q: Are commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers allowed to use push-to-talk mobile communications equipment while driving?

“A: Yes, provided the driver does not reach for, dial, or hold the actual mobile telephone in his/her hand while driving and the driver is able to touch the button needed to operate the push-to-talk feature from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. Generally, the use of this type of communications equipment does not require drivers to take their eyes off of the forward roadway because the button used to enable the driver to communicate can be operated from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. For example, if the mobile phone is mounted in a cradle or similar device near the driver, or there is a remote push-to-talk button near the vehicle controls to allow the driver to communicate without reaching for, dialing, or holding the actual mobile telephone in his/her hands while driving, the equipment may be used.”

To view the entire list of FAQs posted by FMCSA, visit:

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/other/faq/cellphone-ban-faqs.aspx

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