Drivers of commercial vehicles in Massachusetts should take note of an important new regulation. U.S. DOT has banned the use of hand-held phones while driving a commercial motor vehicle in Massachusetts (49 CFR Part 392.82).
Use of a hand held mobile telephone means: (49 CFR Part 390.5)
1. Using at least one hand to hold a mobile telephone to conduct a voice communication;
2. Dialing or answering a mobile telephone by pressing more than a single button, or
3. Reaching for a mobile telephone in a manner which requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated position.
Penalty: Driver is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for 60 days with the second offense in 3 years. (120 days for each subsequent offense within 3 years) Only applies if violation occurred while driving a CMV.