The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have amended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). These amendments will restrict the use of cell phones by drivers of commercial vehicles.

The hope is that the new rule will improve the safety on the Nation’s highways by reducing the use of cell phones and therefore reducing the number of auto accidents, and fatalities. The Agencies also implemented new driver disqualification sanctions for commercial vehicle drivers who fail to comply with the new Federal restrictions and who already have multiple convictions for violating a state law that restricts the use of cell phones while driving.