If you are driving your company vehicle and calling in your meatball sub lunch order, you may want to think twice. Massachusetts is now enforcing the ban on hand-held mobile phones for commercial drivers. So, you may be thinking, what does this mean for me?
Lets look at the what defines “commercial motor vehicle”.
Commercial Motor Vehicle: ( According to the MAIA)
1. gross weight of 10,001 lbs OR used for the transport of property.
2. a vehicle designed to transport more then 15 passengers (including the driver)
3. a motor vehicle used in transport of hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding under the Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.
If you are driving a CMV and are pulled over by the MA police, you are looking at becoming disqualified from driving your vehicle for 60 days. Should you have a second offense, you are looking at disqualification from driving for 3 years.
MA is not fooling around when it comes to CMV and hand-held mobile phones. Please be careful and use the appropriate tools, such as blue-tooth, to stay safe on the roads and disqualification from driving.