Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ban On Handheld Phone Use For Truckers-Violation Could Effect Your Ability to Get Commercial Truck Insurance at an Affordable Price!

New news! Berrier Insurance, commercial truck insurance specialists, just heard about the latest announcement by FMCSA and we thought you should know because if you're caught violating this new law it could effect your ability to get commercial truck insurance at an affordable price!

Wednesday, Nov. 23 it was announced that effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, a rule prohibiting interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles will go into effect.

Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use handheld cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

To view the final rule, go to www.regulations.gov; the docket numbers are FMCSA–2010-0096 and PHMSA-2010-0227.

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