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Can truck drivers use cellphones on the job?
Can truck drivers use cellphones on the job?

Can truck drivers use cellphones on the job?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | CDL Issues |

Many states prohibit the use of cellphones in the car. You certainly still do see drivers on their phones constantly, but they are in violation of the law and they could be liable if they cause an accident. They’re supposed to wait until they get to their destination.

But this can be problematic for truck drivers on two levels. First of all, they drive for a living, so it may be hours before they arrive at their destination. Secondly, since they are at work while they are behind the wheel, they may be tempted to use a cellphone to contact other members of the company, schedule drop offs, learn about other pickup options, and do other business-related activities. Are they allowed to use a cellphone in the truck?

Very limited options

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also prohibits the use of cellphones for truck drivers. Drivers are not allowed to hold the device in their hand or type – whether they are typing a text message or simply typing out a phone number.

There are some very limited options where drivers can use phones in the truck. The documentation from the FMCSA specifically states that “CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity.” 

An example of this could be if a driver has a phone on a mount that is hooked to one of the air vents in the truck. They don’t have to hold the phone in their hand and, if they can make a call by pushing a single button, then it may be permissible to use this hands-free system.

If you’re a truck driver and you are facing allegations of using your phone, you may be worried about defending your CDL. Be sure you understand your legal options.


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