New DOT Rules for Commercial Drivers

Effective on January 3, 2012, a new rule restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones and devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). This rule was adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which are part of the Department of Transportation. It amends both Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations and Hazardous Materials regulations. The rule restricts CMV drivers from reaching for or holding mobile telephones while operating their vehicles, or pushing more than one button to operate the device.

Please make certain you update your company policies, employee handbook, and conduct training for your CMV drivers.