Federal Transportation Fact Sheet



Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers New Mobile Phone Rules & Regs


New FMCSA rules restrict the use of all hand-held mobile devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). The CMV driver cannot hold a mobile device to make a call or to dial by pressing no more than a single button. CMV drivers may use a mobile phone only if it’s a hands- free device while driving,

Research shows the odds to be 6 X greater for a CMV driver to be involved in a safety-critical event such as a crash, near-crash or unintentional lane deviation while dialing on a mobile phone when driving, than for those who do not. Drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway while dialing for an average of 3.8 seconds. At 55 mph (or 80.7 feet per second), this equates to a driver traveling 306 feet, the approximate length of a football field without looking at the roadway.

What Happens If You’re Caught Breaking The Rules ..

  • Fines and Penalties Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving a CMV can result in driver disqualification. Penalties can be up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a hand-held communications device while driving.
  • Disqualification Multiple violations of the prohibition of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving a CMV can result in a driver disqualification by FMCSA. Multiple violations of State laws prohibiting use of a mobile phone while driving a CMV is a serious traffic violation that could result in a disqualification by a State of drivers required to have a Commercial Drivers License.

Here’s The Risks
Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is extremely risky, as it requires the driver to reach for and dial the phone to make that call. Reaching for a phone out of the driver’s immediate area is as dangerous as dialing because both actions take the driver’s eyes off the roadway.

  • The rules also apply to drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle on a roadway, including moving forward or temporarily stationary because of traffic, traffic control devices or other momentary delays.
  • Mounted phones are acceptable if mounted close to the driver.
  • Impact on Safety Measurement System (SMS) Results – Violations 
negatively impact SMS results and carry the maximum severity weight.




  • Mobile telephones must be within close enough proximity to enable the driver to use/ operable while restrained by properly installed and adjusted seat belts.
  • Use an ear-piece or speaker phone function.
  • Use voice-activated dialing.
  • Using the hands-free feature. To comply, a driver must have the mobile telephone located where he or she is able to initiate, answer or terminate a call by touching a single button. The driver must be in the seated driving position and properly restrained by a seat belt. Drivers are not in compliance if they unsafely reach for a mobile phone, even if they intend to use the hands-free function.

No Call .. No Text .. No Ticket

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