Commercial Motor Vehicle Cell Phone Policy
Sample Use Policy
The company wants to ensure the safety of its drivers and the motoring public. Distracted driving has a profound impact on your ability to safely operate a vehicle. The company strongly encourages drivers to not use mobile communication devices while driving. If it becomes absolutely necessary to make or receive a call while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), mobile phone use (with either a personal or company-issued phone) by company employees shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1) The mobile communications device must have a hands-free method of operation. This can include, but is not limited to:
- A bluetooth headset;
- a vehicle-integrated communication system; or
- a mobile hands-free speaker/microphone device.
2) Before commencing travel, the mobile phone must be configured so that it can receive and make a call either through voice activation or with the push of a single button.
3) The mobile phone must be located either on the driver or within easy reach (i.e. affixed to the dash, visor, driver's-side seat, etc.)
4) If the phone is going to be used as a GPS device to provide travel or mapping directions, it must be set up and running before commencing travel.
Unless the driver pulls off the road and parks in a safe location, drivers are prohibited from:
- Sending or reading text messages or photos;
- Taking or viewing photos;
- Manually dialing a phone number;
- Looking up a contact number in the phone's directory;
- Manipulating the GPS phone function in any way; or
- Browsing the internet or using any other phone application beyond taking and receiving calls.
If a driver pulls off the road and parks in a safe location to engage in any of these mobile-phone related activities, they must note it in their travel log. In the case of making a phone call, the driver may commence driving again while they are still on the call as long as a hands-free device is used.
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