The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the latest action by the U.S. Department of Transportation to end distracted driving.
"When drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous materials take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the outcome can be deadly," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
"I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laser-focused on safety at all times while behind the wheel."
Drivers who violate the law have to pay penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and will be disqualified from operating commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for multiple offenses.
In addition to all these the particular state will suspend the driver's commercial driver's license (CDL) after two or more violations.
Commercial truck and bus companies which allow their drivers to use hand held phones while driving have to undergo a penalty of $11,000.
FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro said that "It's just too dangerous for drivers to use a hand-held cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle."
"Drivers must keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and head in the game when operating on our roads. Lives are at stake."
Many of the largest truck and bus companies have already launched policies banning their drivers from using hand-held phones.
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